University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Arts

Course code/s: HUSBAM Mildura

Course Details

Location Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Bundoora Mildura Shepparton
Course/Discipline Coordinator Christina Lawrence and Brigitte Glossop
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

Commencing from 2017

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 Outcome

  • 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.

Course Structure

First year

Semester 1  HUS1FAS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Rethinking Our Humanity Year 1  core for first major Year 1 core for 2nd major Elective
Semester 2 HUS1TEN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Ideas that Shook the World Year 1  core for first major Year 1 core for 2nd major Elective

Second year

Semester 1 HUS2EAE OPTION OPTION OPTION
Engagement, Community & Employability Year 2  core for first major Year 2  core for first major Year 2 core for 2nd major
Semester 2 HUS2HUC OPTION OPTION OPTION
Humanities Counts Year 2  core for first major Year 2 core for 2nd major Year 2 core for 2nd major

Third year

Semester 1 HUS3SRM OPTION OPTION OPTION
Social Research Methods Year 3  core for first major Year 3  core for first major Year 3 core for 2nd major
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Elective or WIL, Industry subject Year 3  core for first major Year 3 core for 2nd major Year 3 core for 2nd major

Core Subjects

Interdisciplinary Core Subjects – Core subjects in the Bachelor of Arts

In 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 student's Degree programme and will aim to supplement their 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  an Arts degree, Post graduate studies and post-University life.

Majors/Minors

Majors

A major indicates your expertise in an area 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.

Disciplines and areas of study

Bachelor of Arts – Major, Minor and Elective Subject Offerings

Please note: All subjects listed in these pages are available as University-wide electives, provided you meet any prerequisite requirements for enrolment into that subject.

English Major

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)

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 (Not offered in 2017)
SOC2SOR (S2) Sociology of Relationships: Gender, Intimacy and Globalisation
Core Third-year Subjects
SOC3MSR (S1) Methods in Sociological Research
SOC3SOC (S1) Culture, Meaning and Social Life (Not offered in 2017)
SOC3EAI (S2) Ethnicity and Identity: Social and Political Approaches

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

Pre 2017 commencement

Course Description

The degree of Bachelor of Arts is offered by Humanities and Social Sciences 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 combines a broad general education with the opportunity to sharpen your skills, broaden your horizons and work towards specific occupational or personal goals. Learn about the past, the present, and the future – about society, culture, history and literature. It is the responsibility of students to familiarise themselves with course requirements and ensure that they are enrolled in subjects that confirm to those requirements. Students are encouraged to contact the Student Administration Office if they have any questions regarding requirements for their course.

For further information please contact ASK La Trobe (for current student enquiries) or call 1300 135 045 (for prospective student enquiries).

Admission Requirements

Pre-requisite studies: a study score of at least 20 in VCE units 3 and 4 of English (or 25 for ESL/EAL) or equivalent is required for entry to the Bachelor of Arts. The Faculty will consider for admission applicants from all entrance categories.

Applicants who have not completed Year 12 or equivalent may apply under the Special Entry Access Schemes. See the current VTAC Guide for more details or go to the VTAC website.

Applicants who are aged 21 years or more by 1 January of the year of their intended entry, and who have not satisfied minimum tertiary entrance requirements, may become eligible for entry by completing extra requirements. Further information may be obtained from the Campus Office.

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.

120 credit points (60 credit points in each semester) is a full-time study load for each year level. Students require permission from the Faculty to overload by taking more than 60 credit points in any semester. Permission is normally based on the student’s previous academic record

Interdisciplinary Core Subjects – Core first-year level subjects in 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
  • 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

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

Course Structure

Single Major


First year

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.

Semester 1 HUS1FAS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Rethinking Our Humanities (core) Major (Core Subject) (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences elective (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 HUS1TEN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Ideas that Shook the World (core) Major Subject (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences elective (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)

Second year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major (Core Subject) (15 cps) Major Subject (15 cps) Humanities elective (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major Subject (15 cps) Humanities elective (15 cps) Humanities elective (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)

Third year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major (Core Subject) (15 cps) Major Subject (15 cps) Humanities elective (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major Subject (15 cps) Humanities elective (15 cps) Humanities elective (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)

Double Major

Students can complete a double major within the Bachelor of Arts that consists of 120 credit points in each of the 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.

First year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION HUS1FAS OPTION
Major 1 (Core Subject) (15 cps) Major 2 (Core Subject) (15 cps) Rethinking Our Humanities (core) University Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION HUS1TEN OPTION
Major 1 Subject (15 cps) Major 2 Subject (15 cps) Ideas that Shook the World (core) University Elective (15 cps)

Second year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major 1 (Core Subject) (15 cps) Major 1 Subject (15 cps) Major 2 (Core Subject) (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major 1 Subject (15 cps) Major 2 Subject (15 cps) Major 2 Subject (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)

Third year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major 1 (Core Subject) (15 cps) Major 1 Subject (15 cps) Major 2 (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Major 1 Subject (15 cps) Major 2 Subject (Core Subject) (15 cps) Major 2 Subject (15 cps) University Elective (15 cps)

Subjects from other La Trobe Schools/Colleges and other Universities

Students may take two subjects at each year level from other La Trobe Schools or another tertiary institution.

Electives

First, Second and Third Year Elective Subjects for the Bachelor of Arts - HUSBAM

All subjects are worth 15 credit points unless otherwise stated.

First year elective subjects
HUS1FAS (S1) Core Interdisciplinary Subject: Rethinking Humanity
HUS1TEN (S2)  Core Interdisciplinary Subject: Ideas that shook the world
ENG1DPL (S1) Death, Pleasure and the Literary Imagination
HUS1FFT (S2) Food for Thought: Discovering the World through Commodities (Discovery Subject)
HUS1ABS (S1) Introduction to Aboriginal Australia (Discovery Subject)
HIS1MLH (S1) Myth, Legend and History
MDS1TRW The Roman World (Not offered in 217)
VPA1PJ1 (S1 or S2) Introduction to Photojournalism 1 (online)
VPA1PJ2 (S2) Photojournalism Practice & Theory 2 (online)
PHI1CRT (S2) Critical Thinking (online subject)
HUS1PDC (S2) From Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment (Discovery Subject)
Second year elective subjects
HUM2WRS (S1) Work Ready Skills and Planning Your Career
EDU3FFD (S1) Film, Fiction and Desire in Education (online)
VPA2PJ3 (S1 or S2) Photojournalism 3 (online)
VPA2PJ4 (S1 or S2) Photojournalism 4 (online)
HUS2IST (WK 26-30) International Humanities and Social Sciences Study Tour
Third year elective subjects
HUS3WPP (SUM 1) Work Placement Program
MDS3AOB (S1) Art of Byzantium (online)
VPA3PJ5 (S1) Photojournalism 5 (online)
VPA3PJ6 (S2) Photojournalism 6 (online)
HUM3CWI Career Management and Contemporary: Workplace Issues (not offered in 2017)
HIS3MHI (S2) Making History

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Weeks, SUM 1 = Summer Semester 1

Subjects available for completion of your chosen major

English Major

Core First-year Subjects
ENG1DPL (S1) Death, Pleasure and the Literary Imagination
First-year Electives
CRA1PWR Professional Writing (Not offered in 2017 in Mildura)
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

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester

Recommended Elective
ENG3SAC (S1) Shakespeare and Contemporaries

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
Core Second-year Subjects
HIS2GMN (S1) Global Migration Stories
Second-year Electives
HIS2HTS (S2) Slavery and Human Trafficking: Forced Labour in the Making of the Modern World
HIS2HS (SUM 2) Heritage Studies
HUS2IST (WK 26-30) International Humanities and Social Sciences Study Tour – Travel Subject
HIS2NGE (S1) Nazi Germany and Europe: The Era of Hitler, Churchill and Stalin 1918-45
HIS2ANA (S1) Anarchists, Terrorists and Freedom Fighters
HIS2MOZ (S2) Montezuma to Zapata – A History of Mexico
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
HIS3AAW (S2) Australians at War in the Twentieth Century
MDS3OTT (WK42-05) The Ottoman Empire: Fourteenth to Twentieth Centuries – Travel Subject
LAS3CUB (S1) Cuba and Its Revolutions, 1895 - 2017

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester, WK = Weeks, SUM 2 = Summer Semester 2

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 (core)
Second-year Electives
SOC2SEM (S1) Sociology of Emotions
SOC2SOR (S2) Sociology of Relationships
Core Third-year Subjects
SOC3MSR (S1) Social Research Methods
Third year subjects - Choose 45 credits points of subjects from the list below
SOC3COM (WIN) Sociology of Communities (Bendigo CampusBlock mode)
SOC3EAI (S2) Ethnicity and Identity
SOC3GGC (S2) Gendering the Global Context
ABS3EAV (WK 47-51) Encountering Aboriginal Australia (Summer)

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester, WIN = Winter Semester, WK = Weeks

Subjects Also Offered in 2018

Subjects
SOC2MIN Mind, ‘Madness’ and Society: An Introduction to the Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
SOC2HEW Social Inequalities of Health, Work and Employment (not offered in 2017)
SOC2SOR (S1) Sociology of Relationships: Gender, Intimacy and Globalisation
SOC2SOM Sociology of Mobilities: Movements, Practices, Politics
SOC2TCS Theories of Modernity: Classical and Contemporary
SOC2UYC Understanding Youth Culture
SOC3SOC Culture, Meaning and Social Life
SOC3EIA Ethnicity and Identity: Understanding Multicultural Belongings, Identities and Racism (Not offered in 2017)
SOC3MSR (S1) Methods in Sociological Research

Photojournalism Minor – No intake in 2017

Please note that if you wish to complete a minor in either history or photojournalism you will need to complete the following:

  • 30 credit points of either history or photojournalism subjects at first-year level
  • 15 credit points of either history or photojournalism at second-year level
  • 15 credit points of either history or photojournalism at third-year level.

Photojournalism will require you to complete the two second-year level subjects as they are the prerequisite subjects for third-year subjects.

First, Second and Third Year Subjects

First year elective subjects
HUS1FAS (S1) First-Year Academic Seminar: Exploring the Human Experience
HUS1FFT (S2) Food for Thought: Discovering the World through Commodities (online)
HUS1ABS (S1) Introduction to Aboriginal Australia (Discovery Subject)
HIS1MLH (S1) Myth, Legend and History
VPA1PJ1 (S1 or S2) Introduction to Photojournalism 1 (online)
VPA1PJ2 (S2) Photojournalism Practice & Theory 2 (online)
PHI1CRT (S2) Critical Thinking (online subject)
HUS1PDC (S2) From Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment
Second year elective subjects
HUM2WRS (S1) Work Ready Skills and Planning Your Career
VPA2PJ3 (S1 or S2) Photojournalism 3 (online)
VPA2PJ4 (S1 or S2) Photojournalism 4 (online)
HUS2IST (WK 26-30) International Humanities and Social Sciences Study Tour
Third year elective subjects
MDS3AOB (S1) Art of Byzantium (online)
VPA3PJ5 (S1) Photojournalism 5 (online)
VPA3PJ6 (S2) Photojournalism 6 (online)
HIS3MHI (S2) Making History
HUM3CWI Career Management and Contemporary: Workplace Issues

S1 = Semester 1, Semester 2, WK = Weeks

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

On completing the course of study which would lead to the award of the Bachelor of Arts, students may be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Arts with Honours offered at the Melbourne campus. Enquiries about eligibility and potential study programs should be directed to the Humanities and Social Sciences discipline coordinator in charge of the discipline that you wish to major in.

For further information please contact ASK La Trobe (for current student enquiries) or call 1300 135 045 (for prospective student enquiries).

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