University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Arts

Course code/s: RBA Bendigo

Course Details
Location Bendigo
Course Coordinator Dr Susan Gillett
Course Code RBA  
Available to International Students YES
CRICOS 002080A
Course Duration 3 Years
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.

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.

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.

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            

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.

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 Structure

First year

Semester 1 HUS1FAS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Rethinking Our Humanities First Year Major Core Subject First Year Second Major Subject or elective Elective
Semester 2 HUS1TEN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Ideas that Shook the World First Year Major Core Subject First Year Second Major Subject or elective Elective

Second year

Semester 1 HUS2EAE OPTION OPTION OPTION
Engagement, Community & Employability Second Year Major Core Subject Second Year Major Core Subject Second Year Core Subject for 2nd Major or elective
Semester 2 HUS2HUS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Humanities Counts Second Year Major Core Subject Second Year Core Subject for 2nd Major or elective Second Year Core Subject for 2nd Major or elective

Third year

Semester 1 HUS3REM OPTION OPTION OPTION
Social Research Methods Third Year Major Core Subject Third Year Major Core Subject Third Year Core Subject for 2nd Major or elective
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Elective or WIL, Industry Subject Third Year Major Core Subject Third Year Core Subject for 2nd Major or elective Third Year Core Subject 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.

Majors/minors

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).

Following majors are available for completion at Bendigo:

  • Indonesian Language and Culture
  • English
  • History
  • Human Geography
  • Sociology

Indonesian Language and Culture Major 

Entry Level 1 (Beginners)

Core First-year Subjects
INM1001 (S1) Indonesian 1
INM1002 (S2) Indonesian 2
Core Second-year Subjects
INM2003 (S1) Indonesian 3
INM2004 (S2) Indonesian 4
AST2MMA (S2) The Making of Modern Asia
Core Third-year Subjects
INM3005 (S1) Indonesian 5
INM3006 (S2) Indonesian 6
AST3CIA (S1) Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

Entry Level 2 (Advanced)

Core First-year Subjects
INM2003 (S1) Indonesian 3
INM2004 (S2) Indonesian 4
Core Second-year Subjects
INM3005 (S1) Indonesian 5
INM3006 (S2) Indonesian 6
AST2MMA (S2) The Making of Modern Asia (Bundoora Only)
Core Third-year Subjects
INM4007 (S1) Indonesian 7
INM4008 (S2) Indonesian 8
AST3CIA (S1) Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia (Bundoora Only)
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

English Major

Core First-year Subjects
ENG1SHS  (S2) The Short Story
ENG1DPL (S1) Death, Pleasure and the Literary Imagination
Core Second-year Subjects
ENG2GOT (S1) Gothic Literature
ENG2NAA (S2) Narrative Analysis
ENG2ALT (S1) American Literature
Core Third-year Subjects
ENG3NOV (S2) History of The Novel
ENG3BAR (S1) Romanticism
ENG3PRE (S2) Post Colonial Reading
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

History Major

Core First-year Subjects
HIS1MLH (S1) Myth, Legend and History
HUS1FFT (S2) Food for thought: Discovering the World through Commodities
Core Second-year Subjects
HIS2GMN (S1) Global Migration Stories
HIS2ANA (S1) Anarchists, Terrorists and Freedom Fighters
HIS2HTS (S2) Slavery and Human Trafficking: Forced Labour in the Making of the Modern World
Core Third-year Subjects
HIS3MHI (S2) Making History
HIS3AAH (S1) Aboriginal Australian History: Place, Mobility, and Memory
HIS3CHF Chasing Freedoms (Not offered in 2017)
HIS3AAW (S2) Australians at War in the Twentieth Century
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

Sociology Major

Core First-year Subjects
SOC1SAC (S1) Introduction to Sociology
SOC1GIL (S2) Regional Lives, Golbal Issues
Core Second-year Subjects
SOC2TCS (S2) Theory, Culture and Society
SOC2HEW (S1) Social Inequalities of Health, Work and Education
SOC2SOR (S2) Sociology of Relationships: Gender, Intimacy and Globalisation
SOC2ACR (S1) Australian Cities and Regions
Core Third-year Subjects
SOC3MSR (S1) Methods in Sociological Research
SOC3SOC (S1) Culture, Meaning and Social Life
SOC3EAI (S2) Ethnicity and Identity: Social and Political Approaches
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

Human Geography Major

Core First-year Subjects
GEG1SPP (S1) Society, People and Place
HUS1MAP (S2) Mapping the World
Core Second-year Subjects
GEG2PPP Power and Place (Not offered in 2017)
SOC2SOM (S2) Sociology of Mobilities
GEG2ACR  Australian Cities and Regions (Not offered in 2017)
Core Third-year Subjects
GEG3FWE Food Water and Environment (Not offered in 2017)
GEG3APC Asia Pacific Cities (Not offered in 2017)
GEG3RED Regional Development (Not offered in 2017)
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

Electives Subjects from other La Trobe Disciplines and other Universities

As part of the Bachelor of Arts degree you have at least three elective spaces (15 credit points each  – which may be taken from other areas of La Trobe or other Universities, subject pre-requisites permitting. Additional subjects offered by your major areas of study 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.

Pre 2017 Commencement

Course Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce either as a pass degree or with Honours. The pass degree, if taken full-time is designed to be completed within three years. An Honours degree, which requires an additional year of full-time study, is available at the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus to qualified students.

The Bachelor of Arts is an undergraduate course designed to meet the needs of students in a rapidly changing and uncertain environment. As occupations change, disappear or are absorbed into new multi-skilled ones, it is vital that the education students receive now promotes responsiveness and creativity, and develops skills that can be easily transferred into a range of new activities and occupations at a later stage when and if needed. Fostering multi-skilling and flexibility is the goal of the Bachelor of Arts at Bendigo.

The Bachelor of Arts at Bendigo offers students a wide choice of subjects. Hence students (subject to regulations and timetabling) are able to tailor their studies to their own specific needs.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, students must satisfactorily complete:

  • a minimum of 360 credit points of subjects across the three year levels, including a single major of 120 credit points
  • complete the core foundation subjects HUS1FAS and HUS1TEN in first year
  • complete at least one Discovery subject from the options provided.
  • All subjects are worth 15 credit points unless otherwise stated.
  • A full-time study load for each year level is 120 credit points (60 credit points in each semester). Students require permission from the Faculty to overload by taking more than 60 credit points in any teaching period. Permission is normally based on a student’s previous academic record.
  • Student should also note that they must complete at least 90 credit points of first-year level subjects, up to a maximum of 150 credit points, and no less than 120 credit points at third-year level. Students who complete extra first-year level subjects will have a reduced number of second-year level subjects required for completion, but must complete at least 45 credit points for the major at second-year level and should not complete fewer than 60 credit points at second-year level.

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

The Bachelor of Arts features two foundation subjects: HUS1FAS: Rethinking Our Humanity and HUS1TEN : Ideas that Shook the World.  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

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.

DISCOVERY SUBJECTS
HUS1FFT (S2) Food for Thought (Online)
HUS1MAP (S2) Mapping the World
HUS1ABS (S1) Introduction to Aboriginal Australia
HUS1PDC (S2) Prisons to Detention Centres:  Containing Confinement

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.

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 a 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.

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 Structure

Requirements for completion of the Bachelor of Arts with a Single Major

First Year

Semester 1 HUS1FAS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Rethinking Our Humanities (core) Major (Core Subject) Discovery Subject University Elective
Semester 2 HUS1TEN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Ideas that Shook the World (core) Major Humanities Elective University Elective

Second Year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major (Core Subject) Major Humanities Elective University Elective
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major Humanities Elective Humanities Elective University Elective

Third Year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major (Core Subject) Major Humanities Elective University Elective
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major Humanities Elective Humanities Elective University Elective

Requirements for completion of the Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major

First Year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION HUS1FAS OPTION
Major 1 (Core Subject) Major 2 (Core Subject) Rethinking Our Humanities (core) Discovery Subject
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION HUS1TEN OPTION
Major 1 Major 2 elective Ideas that Shook the World (core) University Elective

Second Year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major 1 (Core Subject) Major 1 Major 2 (core subject) University Elective
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major 1 Major 2 Major 2 University Elective

Third Year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major 1 (Core Subject) Major 1 Major 2 University Elective
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major 1 Major 2 (core subject) Major 2 University Elective

Majors and Minors

Majors

Single Major (120 credit points)

A major consists of 120 credit points in a discipline, and must include the following:

  • 30 credit points at first-year level (including a first-year core subject)
  • 45 credit points at second-year level (including a second-year core subject)
  • 45 credit points at third-year level (including a third-year core subject).

Double Major (240 credit points)

Students can complete a double major within the BA that consists of 120 credit points in each of two different disciplines. The structure is the same as the structure for a single major but students must complete the structure for two different disciplines.

Areas of Study available as major in Bendigo are:

  • Creative arts – last intake 2016
  • Creative and professional writing – last intake 2016
  • English
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • Sociology

Minors

All areas of study listed under majors can also be taken as a minor. A minor consist of 60 credit points in a discipline and must include the following:

  • 30 credit points at first-year level from the relevant discipline area listed below
  • 15 credit points at second-year level from the relevant discipline area listed below
  • 15 credit points at third-year level from the relevant discipline area listed below.

Creative Arts Major - No intake in 2017

Core First-year Subjects
VPA1CP1 (S1) Photography: Concepts and Processes 1 (Core)
VPA1CP2 (S2) Photography: Concepts and Processes 2 (Core)
Second-year Subjects
VPA2ND1 (S1) New Documentary 1
VPA2ND2 (S2) New Documentary 2
Third-year Subjects
VPA3DM1 (S1) Directorial Mode 1 (30cps)
VPA3ND3 (S1) New Documentary 3
VPA3ND4 (S2) New Documentary 4
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

Creative and Professional Writing Major

Core First-year Subjects
CRA1PWR (S2) Professional Writing
First-year Electives
HUS1MOV (S1) Moving Text
Core Second-year Subjects
ENG2NAA (S2) Narrative Analysis
Second-year Electives
ENG2WFI (S1) Writing Fiction
CRA2WRP (S2) Writing and Reading Poetry
Core Third-year Subjects
ENG3WAB (S1) Creative Non-Fiction
Third-year Electives
CRA3CRC (S2) Creative/Critical
STC3WIA Writers in Action
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

English Major

Core First-year Subjects
ENG1DPL (S1) Death, Pleasure and the Literary Imagination
First-year Electives
CRA1PWR (S2) Professional Writing
Core Second-year Subjects
ENG2NAA (S2) Narrative Analysis
Second-year Electives
ENG2ALT (S1) American Literature
ENG2GOT (S1) Gothic Literature
Core Third-year Subjects
ENG3NOV (S2) History of The Novel
Third-year Electives
ENG3BAR (S1) Romanticism
ENG3PRE (S2) Post Colonial Reading
recommended Electives
ENG3SAC (S1) Shakespeare and Contemporaries
ENG2WFI (S1) Writing Fiction
HUS1MOV (S1) Moving Text
ENG3WAB (S1) Creative Non-Fiction
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

History Major

Core First-year Subjects
HIS1MLH (S1) Myth, Legend and History
First-year Electives
HUS1ABS (S1) Introduction to Aboriginal Australia
HUS1FFT (S2) Food for thought: Discovering the World through Commodities
DST1DEV (S2) Globalisation and Development
Core Second-year Subjects
HIS2GMN (S1) Global Migration Stories
Second-year Electives
HIS2SCS (S1) Sex, Crime and Scandal: History of Sexuality
HIS2HS (SUM 2) Heritage Studies
HIS2NGE (S1) Nazi Germany and Europe: The Era of Hitler, Churchill and Stalin 1918 – 45
HUS2IST (W26-30) International Humanities and Social Sciences Study Tour
HIS2RAR (S2) Riots and Rebellions
HIS2MOZ (S2) Montezuma to Zapata – A History of Mexico
HIS2HTS (S2) Slavery and Human Trafficking: Forced Labour in the Making of the Modern World
Core Third-year Subjects
HIS3MHI (S2) Making History
Third-year Electives
HIS3AAH (S1) Aboriginal Australian History: Place, Mobility, and Memory
HUS3GBP (S1) Gone Bush: Australian Identity and Rural Myth
MDS3OTT (WK42- 05) The Ottoman Empire: Fourteenth to Twentieth Centuries – Travel Subject
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester, SUM 2 = Summer Semester 2, WK = Week

Indonesian Language Major

Entry Level 1 (Beginners)

First-year Subjects
INM1001 (S1) Indonesian 1
INM1002 (S2) Indonesian 2
Second-year Subjects
INM2003 (S1) Indonesian 3
INM2004 (S2) Indonesian 4
Third-year Subjects
INM3005 (S1) Indonesian 5
INM3006 (S2) Indonesian 6
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Indonesian Language Major

Entry Level 2 (Advanced)

First-year Subjects
INM2003 (S1) Indonesian 3
INM2004 (S2) Indonesian 4
Second-year Subjects
INM3005 (S1) Indonesian 5
INM3006 (S2) Indonesian 6
Third-year Subjects
INM4007 (S1) Indonesian 7
INM4008 (S2) Indonesian 8
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Students have the following options to complete the one second-year level and one third-year level subject required to major in Indonesian (that is, to complete 120 credit points):

  1. Undertake in-country studies in Indonesia which will be credited to your degree;
  2. Cross-institutional enrolment whereby the student does two Indonesian related subjects offered at Charles Darwin University.

Sociology Major

Core First-year Subjects
SOC1SAC (S1) Introduction to Sociology
First-year Electives
SOC1GIL (S2) Global Issues, Local Lives
Core Second-year Subjects
SOC2TCS (S2) Theory, Culture and Society
Second-year Electives
SOC2SEM (S1) Sociology of Emotions
SOC2SOR (S2) Sociology of Relationships
Core Third-year Subjects
SOC3MSR (S1) Methods in Sociological Research
Third-year Electives
SOC3COM (WIN) Sociology of Communities (Bendigo Campus Block mode)
SOC3EAI (S2) Ethnicity and Identity
SOC3GGC (S2) Gendering the Global Context
ABS3EAV (SUM) Encountering Aboriginal Australia
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester, SUM = Summer Semester, WIN = Winter Semester

Electives

Subjects from other La Trobe Faculties and other Universities

Students may take two subjects at each year level from other La Trobe areas or other Universities. Students may, with permission, study subjects from another tertiary institution in a discipline that is not available at La Trobe University. Applicants for cross-institutional study in a discipline that is available at La Trobe University require written approval from the head of that School or Department. This should be submitted to the Student Administration office along with the appropriate form for sign-off.

Links to Postgraduate study

The Bachelor of Arts can also provide a pathway to specialisation at postgraduate levels in a range of different programs: Master's degrees by coursework and research, and PhD studies at Bendigo – and programs at other Universities. For many careers, specialised skills developed at postgraduate levels are essential: librarianship, urban and regional planning, teaching, journalism, computing, management, recreation and leisure and counselling.

 

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