Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code001816G
Deakin course codeA400

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This course gives high-achieving Bachelor of Arts graduates the opportunity to undertake advanced study in their chosen discipline.

As a student, you’ll undertake both coursework and a substantial research project (thesis) under the supervision of an academic with a professional research record. Conducting your own research will allow you to focus on an area of particular interest to you, and give you the opportunity to contribute to wider debates within your discipline.

The skills you will acquire in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) will enhance your future career prospects in a broad range of occupations. Furthermore, undertaking honours will provide you with a new level of intellectual stimulation and personal enrichment.

 The research training that Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduates receive makes them eligible to apply for entry to masters and doctoral research programs.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in a Humanities or Social Science discipline including Creative and Professional Writing, Children’s Literature, Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, Languages, International Relations, Literary Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics or Sociology.

Acquire advanced knowledge of research principles and methods.

Apply this knowledge with initiative and judgement in planning and executing a piece of research and scholarship.

Communication

Demonstrate advanced oral, written and electronic communication skills in the clear and coherent communication of research questions, design and outcomes to diverse audiences and in the production of scholarly papers.  

Digital literacy

Acquire advanced technical skills in the use of a range of digital technologies to research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment.

Critical thinking

Employ intellectual independence and advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive skills to critically analyse, evaluate and apply appropriate theories and methodologies in finding solutions to complex problems.  

Problem solving

Apply advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive and technical skills to review, analyse, identify and apply solutions to complex problems in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, well-developed judgement and adaptability in learning and professional contexts and accountability for personal actions and in undertaking research and in the communication of research outcomes.  

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate an advanced understanding and awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community.

Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

 

Course rules

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course requires the completion of 8 credit points of study at level 4. Half of that requirement is met through coursework, which may include directed reading and/or enrolment in course work units, and half is satisfied through a research project (thesis or dissertation) of 14 000/16 000 words. Where creative works form a significant part of the assessment, they must be accompanied by an exegesis of at least 6 000 words, depending on the discipline area. There are no attendance requirements for Cloud (online) enrolled students, although regular consultation with an appointed thesis supervisor is required.

Discipline sequences

Refer to the details of each discipline for availability.

  • The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the following disciplines:

Children's LiteratureLiterary Studies, and Professional and Creative Writing.

Notes: 

(i) The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Burwood (Melbourne) to all students, to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students and Cloud (online) students subject to agreement with the Honours Co-ordinator.

(ii) For disciplines in the creative arts (Animation and Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Media and Communication, Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design) please refer to A450 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)

(iii) For disciplines in communication (Journalism, Public Relations, Media and Communication) please refer to A451 Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the following disciplines:

Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy, Language, Middle East Studies, and Australian Studies.

Notes:

(i) Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Sociology are all offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online).

  • Course notes: 

(i) Honours students who commenced prior to 2015 to contact the Faculty Honours Student Advisor in the Student Services Office for enrolment advice.

(ii) Students enrolling in Trimester 2 will commence part-time but may convert to full-time study in the following year. Course completion may be 18 months to 2 years.

Childrens Literature, Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing

Units

AAR410Critical Creative Research Methods

AAR412Honours Research Theory A

AAR422Honours Research Theory B

ALX420Honours Research Project A

ALX421Honours Research Project B

ALX422Honours Research Project C

ALX423Honours Research Project D

and either:

AAR413Honours Literature Discipline Unit

or

AAR414Honours Writing Discipline Unit


Contact information

For further information please contact the Honours Coordinator:

Dr Cassandra Atherton

Email: cassandra.atherton@deakin.edu.au

Tel: (03) 5227 2585


 

Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, International relations, Politics, Language, Middle East Studies, Australian Studies, Philosophy

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)


Units

AIX493Honours Research Design

AIX494Honours Thesis Presentation

AIX497Honours Theory and Debates in the Discipline

AIX499Honours, Reading in the Discipline

Thesis units

AIX495Honours Thesis A (2 credit points)

AIX496Honours Thesis B (2 credit points)


Contact information

For further information please contact the School Honours Coordinator:

Dr Andrew Vandenberg

Tel: (03) 522 73371

Email: andrew.vandenberg@deakin.edu.au