University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Arts

Course code/s: ABA Melbourne

Course Details
Location Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Bundoora Mildura Shepparton
Course/Discipline Coordinator Adrian Jones
Course Code HUSBAW RBA ABA HUSBAM BEBAP
Available to International Students Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CRICOS 002080A
Course Duration 3 Years Full-time or Part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

2017 Commencement

Course Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to create a customised course that focuses on your areas of study, which should align with your interests, ambitions and passions. This degree will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in an ever-evolving employment market.

Admission Requirements

Students should satisfy the normal University entrance requirements, including the completion of units 3 and 4 of VCE English with a minimum study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts can be taken either as a pass degree or with honours. If taken full-time, the pass degree is designed to be completed within three years. To be awarded the Bachelor of Arts, you must:

  • Complete 360 credit points with at least 120 credit points at third-year level
  • Complete at least one major in your course
  • Complete 5 core subjects as follows:

Year 1: HUS1FAS – Rethinking Our Humanity and HUS1TEN – Ideas that Shook the World

Year 2: HUS2EAE- Engagement, Community & Employability and HUS2HUC- Humanities Counts

Year 3 HUS3SRM Social Research Methods            

 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Manage and relish complexity by applying creative, empathetic and critical thinking to key realms of human life – whether social, gendered, ethical, politico-economic or cultural.
  • Discover, discuss, clarify and apply key knowledge (empirical, linguistic, conceptual, theoretical and/or methodological) in at least one discipline and related inter-disciplinary topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Comprehend and critique a coherent body of knowledge, while distinguishing primary and secondary sources, in at least one discipline and related inter-disciplinary topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Appreciate and use research methods appropriate to at least one discipline so as to contribute to the production of new knowledge.
  • Communicate effectively, as an individual, or in teams, in spoken, written and visual formats, as appropriate to different disciplinary, professional and socio-linguo-cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate work readiness, teamwork and self-direction as appropriate for initial years of professional practice including:
    • information technology skills to access, manage, analyse and represent discipline-based information and data, and including
    • self-sustaining learning skills grounded in rigorous study undeterred by the contestability of knowledge.  
  • Identify some local, national or global issues of social, political and cultural importance, analysing and also formulating responses which are ethical and viable, and/or creative and innovative.
  • Self-appraise personal orientations and capabilities, enabling sustaining inter-personal and productive relationships.

Majors/Minors

Majors

A major indicates your expertise in an areas of study. You must major in at least one particular areas of study to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts.

You can choose a major in one area of study or complete a double major in two different areas of study. See the Disciplines and Areas of Study section for a list of subjects offered and core subject requirements for each area of study.

To complete a major, you must complete 120 credit points in your chosen area of study over the course of your degree. To do this, you must pass all core subjects for that major. Core subjects for each area of study are listed in the handbook.

A sample study plan for a major will look like this:

  • 30 credit points at first-year level
  • 45 credit points at second-year level
  • 45 credit points at third-year level

 

As long as you set aside 120 credit points for your major and 75 credit points for the compulsory core subjects, you can complete any other subjects in the Bachelor of Arts program to meet the credit point requirement for your degree.

Double Major: If you wish to complete a double major, then you must meet the requirements for both majors, including the completion of core subjects for both disciplines.  Please note that a subject used for one major or minor, cannot also be used to fulfil the requirements of a second major or minor.

Minors

A minor indicates a secondary interest area that might supplement your major or alternative interests.

A sample study plan for a minor will look like this:

  • 15 credit points at first year-level in your chosen discipline
  • 15 credit points at second year-level in your chosen discipline
  • 30 credit points at third-year level in your chosen discipline (including any core subject listed for the minor).

Electives and Subjects from other La Trobe Disciplines and other Universities

As part of the Bachelor of Arts degree you have at least three elective spaces (45 credit points) – which may be taken from other areas of La Trobe or other Universities, subject pre-requisites permitting. Additional subjects offered by your major discipline can be undertaken as electives, as well as other recommended subjects that complement your major.

You may study subjects from another tertiary institution in an area of study that is not offered at La Trobe University with approval from a head of department; this should be submitted to the student administration office with your application.

Make sure you familiarise yourself with the course requirements of the Bachelor of Arts and the requirements of your individual subjects. If you have any questions about the requirements for your course, contact ASK La Trobe.

Course Structure

First Year

Semester 1 HUS1FAS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Rethinking Our Humanity (Core) Year 1  Core for First Major Elective (15 cps) Year 1 Core for 2nd Major or Elective
Semester 2 HUS1TEN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Ideas that Shook the World (Core) Year 1  Core for First Major Elective (15 cps) Year 1 Core for 2nd Major or Elective

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
ABS0WOM is another not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs

Second Year

Semester 1 HUS2EAE OPTION OPTION OPTION
Engagement, Community & Employability (Core) Year 2  Core for First Major Year 2  Core for First Major Year 2 Core for 2nd Major or Elective
Semester 2 HUS2HUC OPTION OPTION OPTION
Humanities Counts (Core) Year 2  Core for First Major Year 2 Core for 2nd Major or Elective Year 2 Core for 2nd Major or Elective

Third Year

Semester 1 HUS3SRM OPTION OPTION OPTION
Social Research Methods (Core) Year 3  Core for First Major Year 3  Core for First Major Year 3 Core for 2nd Major or Elective
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Elective or WIL, Industry subject (15 cps) Year 3  Core for First Major Year 3 Core for 2nd Major or Elective Year 3 Core for 2nd Major or Elective

Core Subjects

Interdisciplinary Core Subjects – Core subjects in the Bachelor of Arts

In the Bachelor of Arts, five subjects, across the three undergraduate years (Rethinking our Humanity, Ideas that Shook the World, Engagement & Employability, Humanities Counts, Social Research Methods) will form the basis of each Arts students Degree programme and will aim to supplement Major/Minor subject choice. The Foundation subjects have been devised to cater for student needs and are built upon four key pillars - Employability, Research, Critical Thinking & Career Readiness. The overarching objective of the five Core subjects is to enable and prepare our students for the demands of both an Arts Degree, Post Graduate Studies and post-University life.

Pre 2017 Commencement

Course Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to create a customised course that focuses on your areas of study, which should align with your interests, ambitions and passions. This degree will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in an ever-evolving employment market.

Course Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts can be taken either as a pass degree or with honours. If taken full-time, the pass degree is designed to be completed within three years. To be awarded the Bachelor of Arts, you must:

  • complete 360 credit points with at least 120 credit points at third-year level
  • complete at least one major in your course
  • complete two interdisciplinary core subjects at first-year level (HUS1FAS : Rethinking Our Humanity and HUS1TEN : Ideas that Shook the World).
  • complete at least one Discovery subject from the list offered.

 

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Core Subjects

Interdisciplinary Core Subjects – Core first-year level subjects in the Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts features one interdisciplinary core subject per semester. The interdisciplinary core subjects are HUS1FAS : Rethinking Our Humanity (Semester 1) and HUS1TEN : Ideas that Shook the World (Semester 2). Both of these subjects feature:

  • Small-group seminar teaching (25 students per seminar) and no large lectures where students are anonymous
  • Opportunities to explore big ideas in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • One-on-one guidance from a seminar leader
  • Plenty of opportunities to get to know other students.

Discovery Subjects Completion of at least one Discovery subject is a compulsory requirement at first year for the Bachelor of Arts degree

When you enrol you are required to complete at least one Discovery subject in your first year of enrolment and no more than three in total across the degree. Discovery subjects are designed to let you explore your options and interests.

 

Discorvery Subjects
HUS1FFT (S2) Food for Thought
HUS1DAU (S1 & S2)  Discover Australia
HUS1MAP (S2) Mapping the World
HUS1ABS (S1) Introduction to Aboriginal Australia
HUS1PDC (S2) Prisons to Detention Centres:  Containing Confinement
HUS1MOV (S1) Moving Text: Page, Stage and Screen
Any First year Beginners Language subject

 

By doing a Discovery subject, you can:

  • Explore a broad range of ideas and issues that are relevant to the disciplines we teach. Discovery subjects will help you make an informed choice about your major.
  • Experience a learner-centric approach, which builds on the knowledge and skills you already have
  • Enjoy flexibility in your studies, as one-third of the Discovery subject content is delivered online
  • Study a diverse range of expert views and perspectives.

Majors/Minors

Majors

A major indicates your expertise in an areas of study. You must major in at least one particular areas of study to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts.

You can choose a major in one area of study or complete a double major in two different areas of study. You can also undertake subjects in more than two disciplines in your first year. See the Disciplines and Areas of Study section for a list of subjects offered and core subject requirements for each area of study.

To complete a major, you must complete 120 credit points in your chosen area of study over the course of your degree. To do this, you must pass all core subjects for that major and complete a selection of that major's elective subjects. Core subjects for each area of study are listed in the handbook.

A sample study plan for a major will look like this:

  • 30 credit points at first-year level (including a first-year core subject within your chosen area of study + a discovery subject)
  • 45 credit points at second-year level (including a second-year core subject within your chosen area of study)
  • 45 credit points at third-year level (including a third-year core subject within your chosen area of study).

As long as you set aside 120 credit points for your major and 45 credit points for the compulsory foundation and discovery subjects, you can complete any other subjects in the Bachelor of Arts program to meet the credit point requirement for your degree.

Double Major: If you wish to complete a double major, then you must meet the requirements for both majors, including the completion of core subjects for both disciplines.  Please note that a subject used for one major or minor, cannot also be used to fulfill the requirements of a second major or minor.

Minors

A minor indicates a secondary interest area that might supplement your major or alternative interests.

A sample study plan for a minor will look like this:

  • 15 credit points at first year-level in your chosen discipline
  • 15 credit points at second year-level in your chosen discipline
  • 30 credit points at third-year level in your chosen discipline (including any core subject listed for the minor).

Course Structure

First Year

Semester 1 HUS1FAS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Rethinking Our Humanity (Core)* Discovery Subject (15 cps)* First Year Core Discipline Subject (15 cps) First Year or Second Year Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 HUS1TEN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Ideas that Shook the World (Core)* First Year Elective (15 cps) First Year Elective (15 cps) First Year or Second Year Elective (15 cps)

*Subjects may be taken in Semester 1 or 2, students must not exceed 60 credit points per Semester.

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
ABS0WOM is another not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

 

Second Year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Second Year major core discipline subject (15 cps) Second Year major discipline subject (15 cps) Second Year double major or Second Year minor or Second Year elective subject (15 cps) First, Second or Third Year Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Second Year major discipline subject (15 cps) Second Year double major or Second Year minor or Second Year elective subject (15 cps) Second Year double major or Second Year minor or Second Year elective subject (15 cps) First, Second or Third Year Elective (15 cps)

Third Year

Make sure you familiarise yourself with the course requirements of the Bachelor of Arts and the requirements of your individual subjects. If you have any questions about the requirements for your course, contact ASK La Trobe.

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Third Year major core discipline subject (15 cps) Third Year major discipline subject (15 cps) Third Year double major or Third Year minor or Third Year elective subject (15 cps) Third Year Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Third Year major discipline subject (15 cps) Third Year double major or Third Year minor or Third Year elective subject (15 cps) Third Year double major or Third Year minor or Third Year elective subject (15 cps) Third Year Elective (15 cps)

Electives and Subjects from other La Trobe Disciplines and other Universities

As part of the Bachelor of Arts degree you have at least six elective spaces (90 credit points) – two per year level (30 credit points) – which may be taken from other areas of  La Trobe or other Universities, subject pre-requisites permitting. Additional subjects offered by your major discipline can be undertaken as electives, as well as other recommended subjects that complement your major.

You may study subjects from another tertiary institution in an area of study that is not offered at La Trobe University with approval from a head of department; this should be submitted to the student administration office with your application.

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