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Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Bachelors Honours Degree (C/w)

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The Bachelor of Arts with Honours program is a separate fourth year of study that is undertaken following the successful completion of an undergraduate Arts degree. In addition to the skills and knowledge that graduates have developed in their undergraduate degree, the Honours degree is highly regarded in providing advanced intellectual education in research, analysis and writing. It signifies a demonstrable ability in conducting research in the Arts. For creative writers, it also demonstrates a the ability to produce a significant creative work. As well as a completion point for tertiary study itself, Honours also represents the starting point for entry into postgraduate and academic research.

The Honours degree includes a unit in research methodology and management that assists students to conduct a significant research project on a topic of their interest. Generally this research project will be documented in a written thesis. Students undertaking a creative project will produce a creative work and a shorter thesis that discusses the theoretical underpinnings of the creative work. An Honours Supervisor will assist students at each stage of their project.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in humanities research.

Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, and synthesising humanities knowledge.

Demonstrate initiative and judgement in scholarship.


Exercise independence in identifying and formulating solutions to complex problems in the humanities.

Ethical practice

Practice ethical enquiry and communication.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of humanities knowledge with advanced understanding in at least one area.

Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the principles, methods, and concepts in the humanities and the ability to apply them when researching a problem or question.

Lifelong learning

Exercise autonomy in one's learning and responsibility in one's practice as a scholar and researcher.

Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in the student's own study of the humanities.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of a component of humanities knowledge and the capacity to disseminate research findings in diverse contexts.

Create a humanities thesis/research project that demonstrates research and design skills, critical thinking, and judgement in developing new understanding.

Cultural competence

Practice inclusive enquiry and communication.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 N/A N/A


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Course requirements

The Honours course comprises the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) of study and includes a research methodology unit and a research project.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Year 1, Session 1
COM40015 -  Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences Advanced Note 1
Year 1, Session 2
COM40006 -  Arts Research Thesis (Stage 1 of 3) Advanced Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
COM40007 -  Arts Research Thesis (Stage 2 of 3) Advanced Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
COM40008 -  Arts Research Thesis (Stage 3 of 3) Advanced Note 1

Note 1:

Double-weighted unit

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
COM40015 Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences Advanced Note 1
COM40006 Arts Research Thesis (Stage 1 of 3) Advanced Note 1
COM40007 Arts Research Thesis (Stage 2 of 3) Advanced Note 1
COM40008 Arts Research Thesis (Stage 3 of 3) Advanced Note 1