Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Program Code 10214) is a Level 8 AQF compliant undergraduate program and is avaialble for students who commence their program from 2015.

Students who perform well, with a GPA of 5.0 or greater, during the Bachelor of Arts degree may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Honours degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence in Psychology is not available for students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts program from 2012. Any students who commenced prior to 2012 and who are studying the accredited sequence in Psychology, please review the Transition Arrangements section.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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An applicant for admission to candidature shall:

(a) have completed a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent program, with normally at least a credit grade average based on all studies undertaken in the program and/or in the approved major in which Honours is to be undertaken and any additional work which may be prescribed by the Faculty Board.

(b) Students seeking admission to the Psychology Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours)program, must have completed:

  • a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Newcastle with a major in Psychology Studies; plus
  • STAT2000 and PSYC3000.

Note: Applicants who have completed a Psychology major at another institution and wish to undertake further studies in Psychology can consider the Graduate Diploma in Psychology http://gradschool.edu.au/programs/details/graduate-diploma-psychology-11581

Entry to the Honours program in Psychology Studies is limited and competitive. Applicants compete on the Psychology Studies major GPA and require a cumulative GPA of 5.0 for the Bachelor of Arts.

On completion of the relevant Bachelors degree, application is made directly to the University using the Direct Admission Application form available from the web, to be submitted to the relevant program officer.

Domestic Students- please complete both the Faculty of Education and Arts End-on Honours application form and the Direct Admission Application form, which are available at:

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/Resources/Divisions/Services/Student and Academic Services/Student Administration/Forms/ApplicationHonoursSupplementFEDUA.pdf

International Students please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/68848/Undergraduate-Application-Form.pdf


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No credit permitted for Honours.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student¿s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

From 2012, the Chinese major is only available to pre-2012 continuing Chinese major students within the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts programs. Eligible students wishing to commence studies in Chinese in this program will need to contact the Program Convenor for further information.


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Within this program, students will undertake 80 units of study, consisting of some coursework studies and a research component. Details of specific studies undertaken within the Honours program in each course area can be obtained from the relevant School.

Candidates normally undertake an Honours degree in a single discipline. Those wishing to undertake a joint Honours program should apply to the Head or Heads of the School or Schools involved.

Thesis due dates: 31st May (Semester 1 completion) & 31st October (Semester 2 completion);

Thesis word limit: 15,000 (+ or - 2,000) words;

Coursework component: 50%;

Thesis component: 50%;

Mandatory oral presentation to a discipline committee.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your Supervisor or Program Officer.


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Students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts program in 2005-2011 (inclusive) & are currently studying the 120 unit Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence of psychology courses will be able to complete the accredited fourth year courses within this program, but must complete both the Bachelor of Arts program and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program within a limited number of years. Students should seek independent advice from the School of Psychology and their Program Officer, regarding accreditation eligibility. An APAC accredited Psychology major will no longer be available to students commencing the Bachelor of Arts program from 2012 onwards.

From 2012, the Chinese major is only available to pre-2012 continuing Chinese major students within the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts programs. Eligible students wishing to commence studies in Chinese in this program will need to contact the Program Convenor for further information.

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programs were externally reviewed in 2011. As a result, a number of majors have been modified. Some pre-2012 students may enter a newly named or combined major as follows:

  • The previously separate Drama major, & Creative Arts major have combined to become the Creative & Performing Arts major
  • The previously separate Ancient History major, & Classical Languages major have combined to become the Ancient History & Classical Languages major
  • The previously separate English major, & Writing major have combined to become the English & Writing major
  • The previously separate Politics & Policy major, & International Affairs major have combined to become the Politics & International Relations major
  • The previously separate Philosophy major, & Religious Studies major have combined to become the Philosophy & Religion major
  • The French major has become the French Studies major
  • The Japanese major has become the Japanese Studies major.

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Back to topAboriginal Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
ABOR4010Aboriginal Studies Honours ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
ABOR4020Aboriginal Studies IISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
ABOR4030Aboriginal Studies Honours IIISemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
ABOR4040Aboriginal Studies Honours IVSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
Back to topAncient History and Classical Languages Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
AHIS4140Classical Studies Honours ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
AHIS4150Classical Studies Honours IISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
AHIS4160Classical Studies Honours IIISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
AHIS4170Classical Studies Honours IVSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GREK4540Greek Honours INot currently offered20 units
GREK4550Greek Honours IINot currently offered20 units
GREK4560Greek Honours IIINot currently offered20 units
GREK4570Greek Honours IVNot currently offered20 units
LATN4640Latin Honours INot currently offered20 units
LATN4650Latin Honours IINot currently offered20 units
LATN4660Latin Honours IIINot currently offered20 units
LATN4670Latin Honours IVNot currently offered20 units
Back to topChinese Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
CHIN4150Chinese Honours I

Available to pre-2012 continuing Chinese major students only. (Pre-2012 students: contact your Program Convenor for further information on eligibility)

Not currently offered20 units
CHIN4160Chinese Honours II

Available to pre-2012 continuing Chinese major students only. (Pre-2012 students: contact your Program Convenor for further information on eligibility)

Not currently offered20 units
CHIN4170Chinese Honours III

Available to pre-2012 continuing Chinese major students only. (Pre-2012 students: contact your Program Convenor for further information on eligibility)

Not currently offered20 units
CHIN4180Chinese Honours IV

Available to pre-2012 continuing Chinese major students only. (Pre-2012 students: contact your Program Convenor for further information on eligibility)

Not currently offered20 units
Back to topCreative and Performing Arts Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
CAPA4001Research Methods

Not to count with ARTC4500 or DRAM4001

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
CAPA4002Research Project Development

Not to count with ARTC4501 or DRAM4002

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
CAPA4003Creative and Performing Arts Honours 3: Research Project/Thesis

Not to count with ARTC4502, ARTC4503, DRAM4003 or DRAM4004

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
40 units
Back to topEnglish and Writing Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
ENGL4070English Honours ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
ENGL4080English Honours IISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
ENGL4090English Honours IIISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
ENGL4100English Honours IVSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topFilm, Media and Cultural Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
FMCS4010Critical Perspectives

Not to count with FILM4010 or CULT4010

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
FMCS4020Research Methodologies

Not to count with FILM4020 or CULT4020

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
FMCS4030Thesis 1

Not to count with FILM4030 or CULT4030

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
FMCS4040Thesis 2

Not to count with FILM4040 or CULT4040

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
Back to topFrench Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
FREN4150French Honours 1Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
FREN4160French Honours 2Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
FREN4170French Honours 3Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
FREN4180French Honours 4Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topHistory Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
HIST4050History Honours ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4060History Honours II - Special StudySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4070History Honours III Thesis ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4080History Honours IV - Thesis IISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topHuman Geography and the Environment Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
GEOG4001Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4001Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4002Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4002Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4003Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4003Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4004Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4004Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topJapanese Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
JAPN4150Japanese Honours 1Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
JAPN4160Japanese Honours 2Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
JAPN4170Japanese Honours 3Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
JAPN4180Japanese Honours 4Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topLinguistics Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
LING4050Linguistics Honours ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4060Linguistics Honours IISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4070Linguistics Honours IIISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4080Linguistics Honours IVSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topPhilosophy and Religion Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
PHIL4050Philosophy Honours I

Enrol in PHIL4050, PHIL4060, PHIL4070 and PHIL4080 if undertaking Honours in Philosophy

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHIL4060Philosophy Honours IISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHIL4070Philosophy Honours IIISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHIL4080Philosophy Honours IVSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
RELT4010Religion and Theology Honours I: Methods and Theory

Enrol in RELT4010, RELT4020, RELT4030,RELT4040 if undertaking Honours in Religion

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
RELT4020Religion and Theology Honours II: Directed StudySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
RELT4030Religion and Theology Honours III: Research Thesis Preparations and Literature ReviewSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
RELT4040Religion and Theology Honours IV: Final Thesis SubmissionSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topPolitics and International Relations Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
POLI4001Politics Honours 1Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
POLI4002Politics Honours 2Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
POLI4003Politics Honours 3Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
POLI4004Politics Honours 4Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topPsychology Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
PSYC4000Advanced MethodologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4100Critical Issues and Controversies in PsychologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4201Psychological Assessment & Introduction to CounsellingSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PSYC4800Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic

Must be undertaken with PSYC4802A and PSYC4802B in the same Academic year.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4802APsychology Honours Thesis Part A

Must be undertaken with PSYC4800 and PSYC4802B in the same Academic year.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4802BPsychology Honours Thesis Part B

Must be undertaken with PSYC4800 and PSYC4802A in the same Academic year.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from the following Directed Courses.
PSYC4400Advanced Topics in Biological, Cognitive & Developmental Psychology

Students must undertake either PSYC4400 or PSYC4500. The course must be in a area of Psychology not covered by the reseach project undertaken in PSYC4802A&B.

Not currently offered10 units
PSYC4500Advanced Topics in Personality,Social,Clinical & Health Psychology

Students must undertake either PSYC4400 or PSYC4500. The course must be in a area of Psychology not covered by the reseach project undertaken in PSYC4802A&B.

Not currently offered10 units
Back to topSociology and Anthropology Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
SOCA4090Sociology and Anthropology Honours ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4100Sociology and Anthropology Honours IISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4110Sociology and Anthropology Honours IIISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4120Sociology & Anthropology Honours IVSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units