2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation (Honours) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation (Honours)



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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake Session(s):

Autumn, Spring

Delivery Mode:

On-campus (face-to-face)

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The Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation (Honours) involves one additional year of study following the successful completion of a relevant undergraduate degree. An Honours research project allows you to explore an approved research question of your choosing through extended study in the liberal arts.
Honours study will equip you with marketable skills of value to many employers. On successful completion of an Honours degree, you will demonstrate your ability to produce a sustained research outcome, meet deadlines, investigate independently, use resources effectively and write coherently. Your Honours degree will give you the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study which can serve as a pathway to more advanced, higher degree research.

Studying for an Honours degree will:

  • Equip you with specialised research skills relevant to your chosen liberal arts discipline;
  • Teach you cornerstone research methods for advanced study in the liberal arts;
  • Give you the opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, an experienced academic supervisor;
  • Support you in devising an extended argument on approved topic of study in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Enhanced capacities to critically engage with pressing questions relating to the study of Western thought, art and architecture through advanced research;
2 In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of a chosen topic of research;
3 Mastery of cornerstone research methods in the liberal arts
4 Awareness of the requirements of integrity and ethics and the rights and safety of others in relation to research.
5 Advanced research skills needed for producing independent research; research proposals; and extended arguments.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation (Honours), a candidate must successfully complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below.
The Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation (Honours) consists of 50% coursework for 24 credit points and 50% independent research for 24 credit points. The research component of the degree takes the form of a dissertation of 15,000 words focused on an approved topic of your choice and completed under the supervision of an academic with relevant expertise employed in the School of Liberal Arts.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Full-time study
LHA 401The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice12
WCIV480Research in the Liberal Arts12
LHA 480Thesis24

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Part-time study
LHA 401The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice12
WCIV480Research in the Liberal Arts12
LHA 482Thesis (Part-time)12
LHA 482Thesis (Part-time)12

Grade of Honours

The Honours Grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1. For further information refer to the University's Coursework Rules

Other Information

UOW students who are recipients of the Ramsay Centre Scholarship will have the opportunity to enrich their education experience with an approved extra-curricular, overseas study experience.

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 22 July, 2020