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  • Undergraduate Degrees

    Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • About The University of Western Australia The University consistently attracts the best students.

    In 2009, 82 per cent of the top fi ve per cent of Western Australian school leavers enrolled at UWA.

    Our students have better employment outcomes than graduates from other WA universities (even exceeding the national average).

    Many of UWAs achievements place the University among the top universities in the world.

    Our rapidly growing strategic alliances with leading global corporations and institutes mean our graduates are being employed worldwide.

    UWAs Nobel Laureates and our many international award-winning students, teachers and researchers are helping us make world-class our minimum standard.

    The University is ranked fi rst in Australia for the quality of its undergraduate students and second for research performance.

    What is a Bachelor of Arts Degree? ..............................1

    Arts Majors............................................................................3

    Archaeology ....................................................................4

    Asian Studies ..................................................................5

    English and Cultural Studies ..........................................5

    European Studies ...........................................................6

    History .............................................................................6

    Languages ......................................................................7

    Chinese (Mandarin)...................................................7

    French .......................................................................8

    German .....................................................................8

    Greek .........................................................................8

    Indonesian .................................................................9

    Italian .........................................................................9

    Japanese .................................................................10

    Latin.........................................................................10

    Diploma in Modern Languages ..............................10

    Linguistics ..................................................................... 11

    Medieval and Early Modern Studies ............................12

    Philosophy.....................................................................13

    Political Science and International Relations...............13

    Womens Studies ..........................................................14

    Music ...................................................................................15

    Specialist Degrees ..............................................................17

    Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) ..................................17

    Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) .................17

    Bachelor of Arts (European Studies) ...........................17

    Honours...............................................................................18

    Student Exchange ..............................................................18

    Arts Practicum ....................................................................18

    Careers in Arts ....................................................................19

    The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesThe Faculty provides a rich intellectual environment for learning. The academic staff members are not only dedicated teachers but also renowned scholars and researchers, many international leaders and experts in their fi elds. The Faculty has won a number of awards for teaching and the student experience is rated very highly.

    Over 3000 students were studying Arts in 2009.

    Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences | Undergraduate Degrees 2010

    Index

  • What is a Bachelor of Arts Degree?Arts at UWA includes the study of Humanities, Social and Cultural Studies, and Music and is made up of a range of disciplines. The Humanities deal with the histories, literatures and cultures of all areas of human civilisation and the Social Sciences study the sociology and anthropology, political behaviours and other forms of human behaviour and organisation. Languages and Music are also taught in the Faculty.

    A UWA Arts degree is incredibly flexible. With a selection of over 25 majors, you can design your course to suit your interests. You dont even need to decide on your major area of study until part way through the course. Arts subjects provide the opportunity to learn and practice critical, analytical and creative thinking. These skills are valued by all employers as one of the greatest benefits of a university education.

    The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree for students who wish to specialise in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty also offers three-year specialist degrees in Asian Studies, European Studies and Communication Studies. Music can be studied as a major in a Bachelor of Arts or as the four year specialist degrees, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education.

    There are 25 majors to choose from and 5 specialist degrees.

    Majors specialist Degrees coMbineD Degrees

    Ancient History Asian Studies Arts and Law

    Anthropology Communication Studies Arts and Commerce

    Archaeology European Studies Arts and Economics

    Asian Studies Music Arts and Engineering

    Chinese Music Education Arts and Computer Sciences

    Economics* Arts and Education

    English Arts and Science

    European Studies Arts and Medicine

    Fine Arts* Arts and Music

    French Music and Commerce

    Geography* Music and Economics

    German Music and Engineering

    Italian Music and Health Science

    Japanese Music and Law

    Latin Music and Science

    Linguistics

    Mathematics*

    Medieval and Early Modern Studies

    Music

    Philosophy

    Political Science and International Relations

    *This major is available through another faculty.

    Womens Studies

    1Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences | Undergraduate Degrees 2010

  • 2 Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences | Undergraduate Degrees 2010

    Admission

    All major subjects may be studied as a major within a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), Bachelor of Arts (European Studies), and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies). You may also be able to study individual major units within other degrees, for example, Anthropology within a Bachelor of Science.

    TER Scores

    In 2009 the minimum TER score for all Bachelor of Arts and specialist degrees was 80.00. Combined degrees may have higher scores and you should consult the Admissions Centre.

    You must meet the English language competency requirements for The University of Western Australia.

    Prerequisites

    Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), Bachelor of Arts (European Studies), Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) have no additional prerequisites.

    Course Structures

    Normally a major stream of study consists of 48 credit points. Level 1 is 12 points and usually consists of 2 units and Upper Level equals 36 points and usually consists of 6 units.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates in Arts have followed career pathways that have led to some of the most senior positions in Australia. Prime ministers, premiers, ambassadors, chief executive officers, managing directors are listed as the occupations of many of our alumni. Equally many have followed a creative pathway, becoming authors, performers, composers, arts managers, broadcasters and journalists. Others have been able to take advantage of the resources boom working as anthropologists, archaeologists, community relations consultants and human resources managers. Graduates are employed as senior social workers, leaders of non-profit organisations, public relations managers, policy advisors, school principals, teachers and some continue their love of learning and research to become renowned academics across the globe.

    Understanding our past, learning about different cultures and beliefs, having concern for social policies and others wellbeing, being able to communicate effectively, developing your creativity the Bachelor of Arts degree will equip you with skills which will benefit you for the rest of your life.

  • Ancient HistoryThe units that are offered under this major include studies of Ancient Greek and Roman literature, history and archaeology. They cover different periods from the Bronze Age in Greece to the Roman Empire in the second century of the Christian Era.

    Course structure

    To complete a major in Ancient History you must complete 12 points at Level 1 and 24 points at Upper Level (some units in other subjects may also be accepted as part of a major in this subject).

    Career Prospects

    Graduates with a major in Ancient History are sought in many walks of life teaching, librarianship, public and business administration and journalism.

    Anthropology and SociologyAnthropology and Sociology units are among the most popular first year Arts subjects. This is because Anthropology and Sociology are relevant to your everyday life and provide useful skills for living and working in a multicultural society. They give you a fresh perspective on humankind and encourage you to question your taken-for-granted beliefs. This is the study of humanity and is the only discipline that offers a way of understanding the whole context of human experiences. It provides a broad framework into wh

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