Arts with Honours

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This course is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in areas listed, either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies. Completion of the degree to the standard of Honours Class II Division 2 or better is the normal mode of entry to the research degree of Master of Arts with Honours. Completion to the standard of Honours Class II Division 1 or better is the normal mode of entry to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Graduates of honours in psychology are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society and provisional registration to practise as a psychologist and for admission to the professional Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree.

Please note that Honours in Psychology is only available in Trimester 1.

Career Opportunities

Depending on majors, examples include positions in public and private sectors, such as management and administration, heritage and archival, policy and public relations, diplomacy and foreign affairs, translation, education, business, health, film and theatre, public relations, media, tourism, editing and publishing, and roles such as human resource officers, social researchers, town planners, welfare officers, administrative managers, park rangers, archaeologists, curators, psychologists and sociologists.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
  • EUR 12550 Year (National)
  • EUR 12550 Year (International)
Start date February 2015 Credits 48
Duration full-time 12 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced study and research in a broad range of disciplines across the University. The course provides a capstone to an undergraduate degree, prepares students for postgraduate study and establishes a sound basis for a successful future career.

The course aims to encourage students to:

  • · extend their intellectual range in their chosen field of study;
  • · hone their research abilities;
  • · hone their analytical and communication techniques;
  • · develop the ability to think clearly and evaluate evidence and arguments;
  • · develop personal and professional skills required to work independently and collaboratively; and
  • · develop an ethical and non-discriminatory work practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • produce a dissertation, the word length of which is to be determined by the relevant discipline, that demonstrates original thinking, a high level of research skills and the ability to write critically;
  • demonstrate the ability to conduct research that contributes new knowledge to a particular discipline;
  • demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication skills; and
  • understand the social and ethical issues in relation to their particular disciplinary areas.
  • Graduate Attributes

    Knowledge of a Discipline

    Knowledge of one particular area of study that the student has selected to research. Supervisors will guide students to identify important resources that will be used as the basis for their dissertation. This knowledge will then be assessed throughout the degree through a range of assessment tasks to be determined by the relevant discipline, including the dissertation.

    Communication Skills

    Guided by their supervisor, students will be required to demonstrate their high level of communication skills, oral and written, when completing, for example, ethics applications, contacting potential research participants, conducting empirical and other research, communicating their ideas orally, and in the writing of the dissertation. The honing of these skills will stand students in good stead for the workplace.

    Information Literacy

    Students will independently and under direction develop their skills for assessing the validity of relevant literature and research information. Students will be assessed on their ability to identify and to critically analyse relevant literature as it relates to their research topic and discipline.

    Life-Long Learning

    The development of intellectual capacity and critical thinking skills will be fostered throughout the honours program. Through completing the coursework and dissertation students will be provided with the necessary lifelong skills to be able to research, write about and discuss critical issues. These skills can be transferred to any discipline, and will be useful in any career positions.

    Problem Solving

    Students will need to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources throughout their degree. Students will be taught how to evaluate and interpret information in a useful manner and will be assessed on their ability to deconstruct relevant literature and to integrate theoretical and critical approaches into their work.

    Social Responsibility

    Students will be taught about their professional responsibilities as a researcher to provide balanced and accurate research and data. In addition, students will be taught that they have a social responsibility to question and challenge some 'facts'.

    Team Work

    Students will be required to participate in professional, respectful and ethical discussions with their supervisor, and with other students, on issues associated with their area of study.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

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    1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School concerned.

    2. Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the final honours course shall have:

    (a) satisfied all requirements for admission to AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science or all requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degrees in The University of New England; and

    (b) passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed, except that with the approval of the relevant head of school, up to 12 credit points in another subject may be substituted as prescribed in the Additional Requirements which follow these rules; and

    (c) attained at least Distinction standard in 18 credit points at 300 level in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed; and

    (d) in the case of study in more than one subject, passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in one of the subjects and at least 48 credit points in the other subject(s). The exception in Rule 2.(b) shall apply to the subjects under this rule; and

    (e) fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the school or disciplines concerned.

    3. With the approval of the Head of School concerned a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the school to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2.(b), (c) and (d), may be admitted to the final honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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