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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) for 2015

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Why study Bachelor of Arts (Honours)?

This prestigious honours program is open to graduates of a Monash BA, or graduates with excellent results from other universities in Australia or overseas. The Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts involves a fourth year of study in one or both undergraduate majors. Students need strong academic results in their undergraduate degree, particularly in the third year, to gain entry. Honours graduates have sophisticated skills in analysis, communication and research and are often targeted as potential managers and leaders in large corporations. Students will study advanced coursework units, while undertaking research towards a thesis of 15-18,000 words. Students decide their thesis topic in conjunction with their academic supervisor, who then provides advice and guidance as the student researches and writes.

Domestic

Entry requirements

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Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Fees for 2015

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Average annual student contribution
$ 6,152 AUD
Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Intakes

First Semester (March), Second Semester (July)

Attendances

  • On-campus at Caulfield: full-time, part-time
  • On-campus at Clayton: full-time, part-time

The following disciplines offer mid-year entry for Honours. Please note this list is subject to change. Asian languages (Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean), Communications, English as an international language, European languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), Film and screen studies, Linguistics, Philosophy

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Course code: 0003

CRICOS code: 084608F

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Contact

Faculty of Arts
Tel: 1800 MONASH
(1800 666 274)
Web address: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/future/honours/

International

Entry requirements

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Duration

1 year full-time

Fees for 2015

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee per 48 credit points
48 credit points represents a standard full-time course load for a year
$ 26,600 AUD

Intakes

First Semester (March), Second Semester (July)

Attendances

  • On-campus at Caulfield: full-time
  • On-campus at Clayton: full-time

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Course code: 0003

CRICOS code: 084608F

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Enquire nowApply nowEntry requirements

Contact

Telephone: +61 3 9903 4788
Online Enquiry: Enquire Now

Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

Honours entry requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Applications

Semester one (March)

Apply directly to Monash.

If you need more information, contact the faculty.

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash.

If you need more information, contact the faculty.

Admissions information for international students

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Honours entry requirements for admission to Monash University Australia. Please note English proficiency requirements must be met.

English requirements for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking; TOEFL 550 with a TWE of 4.5; or an Internet-based TOEFL score of 79 with 21 in Writing, 12 in Listening, 13 in Reading and 18 in Speaking; Pearson Test of English(PTE)overall score of 58 with minimum of 50 in Listening, 50 in Reading, 50 in Speaking and 50 in Writing; Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) score of 45 or above (each skill must score weak or above) or Advanced (CAE) score of 58 or above (each skill must score borderline or above)

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Applications

Semester one (March)

Apply directly to Monash

Apply directly to Monash.

If you need more information, contact the faculty.

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash

Apply directly to Monash.

If you need more information, contact the faculty.

Enrolment obligation

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than 25% of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students cannot enrol exclusively in distance and/or online learning study in any compulsory study period. See standard 9.4 of The National Code 2007.

Study areas

ANCIENT CULTURES

Monash integrates archaeology and ancient history to offer a comprehensive approach to understanding ancient cultures, focusing on the Mediterranean. Monash is also the only university in Victoria where you can study ancient Egypt in depth with staff who conduct archaeological fieldwork in Egypt. Students look at the reconstruction of past societies and their evolution based upon all surviving data - art, architecture, religious beliefs, cultures and social structures.

ANTHROPOLOGY

In its broadest sense, anthropology is the study of all things human. It explores all aspects of humanity - everything from cultures, behaviours and communication to evolution, social structures and relationships. In recent years, there have been major social and political movements throughout the world in which people are stressing a sense of community, shared identity and assertions of difference.

ART HISTORY AND THEORY

Art history and theory involves a critical engagement with all types of visual expression and communication in society, ranging from the traditional fine arts such as painting and sculpture, to recent visual media such as advertising, fashion, film, and cyber-culture.

BEHAVIOURAL STUDIES

Behavioural studies explores the way in which humans act and interact with each other. At Monash, we focus on looking at human behaviour in the changing and challenging environment of the 21st century. Students analyse a range of historical and emerging insights about the way we behave from a variety of disciplines - sociology, culture, philosophy, biology and psychology.

CHINESE STUDIES

Not only is China becoming the powerhouse of the world economy, it is among the fastest growing economies in the world, and is of ever increasing importance to Australia within both government and private sectors. Students who want to study Chinese at Monash have the option of starting from a number of different entry points - whether you are an absolute beginner or have studied Chinese in VCE or overseas, there is an appropriate level on offer for you. Students can also pursue studies in the Chinese Translation stream. Chinese translation provides students with a solid foundation in basic Chinese translation and interpreting. Through exploring business and professional translation as well as basic translation, students develop language skills in both written and verbal forms, and cultural sensitivity and knowledge.

COMMUNICATIONS

Communications focuses on the role of media in society and how this influences the way we receive communications and the way we communicate with each other. Today, we get most of our news and knowledge from mass media and social media, so it is vital that students learn about the structures of communications industries and how to critically analyse the media.

CRIMINOLOGY

Crime is an issue that all citizens and governments confront on a daily basis. In this study area, students debate the causes of crime, the problem of crime, and how it should be dealt with. They also gain the skills to understand the complexities of crime and how to critically analyse its workings and tensions.

ENGLISH AS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE

English as an international language provides students with a new perspective on the use of English in today's globalised world by looking at the implications of intercultural communication. Students explore the use of English in a range of contexts - academic, professional, and international.

FILM AND SCREEN STUDIES

This teaching program extends and enhances everyday ways of thinking about film and screen into more sophisticated and specialised methods and approaches. Students explore the film and screen cultures of Asia, the United States and Europe, looking at everything from contemporary popular Hollywood to documentary film, and everything in between.

FRENCH STUDIES

French is spoken in 42 countries over 5 continents. It is one of the five official languages of the United Nations and is used by important international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, the International Court of Justice, the OECD and the International Olympic Committee. Learning French at Monash gives students access to a culture with a key role in the past, present and future development of western civilisation. Students develop a critical understanding of fundamental areas of French studies, such as literature, film, philosophy and politics.

GENDER STUDIES

Not so long ago, issues such as gender, sexuality and the relationship between the sexes were not theorised, researched or even taught. Today, however, there is such a large body of knowledge and theory on these topics that a new branch of academic study has been formed - women's studies and gender studies. Gender studies frequently challenges students' existing understandings and extends their horizons. Students engage with topics including gender and the body, media representations, new reproductive technologies, employment and education, and ethnicity and racism.

GERMAN STUDIES

Our German program is designed for students who want to specialise in German language, linguistics and culture. Students explore each of these areas and look at how they relate to German society.

HISTORY

History is not simply about dates and facts, but about new ways to interpret and understand the past, allowing us to make sense of the world today. History at Monash delves into different aspects of the human experience, and considers societies and civilisations across a range of periods and continents. Students can study everything from medieval and renaissance Europe to contemporary worlds, Asian civilisations and nations at war.

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Human geography investigates the changing and complex relationship between people and their environments. In this area of study, we grapple with some of the major contemporary challenges the world faces - rapid urbanisation, environmental degradation, deepening poverty and rising socioeconomic inequality. Human geography examines how changing population and migration dynamics, urban development, patterns of consumption and growth, and labour markets intersect at local, national and global scales. Students undertaking this area of study will integrate skills gained from critical thinking, grounded experience and field-based learning to develop applied research capabilities necessary for professional careers in urban and regional development, community and international development and practice across a wide range of industry sectors, including state and federal government departments, international aid agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations.

INDIGENOUS CULTURES AND HISTORIES

In Indigenous cultures and histories, students develop a good knowledge base about key issues in Indigenous societies, including the ongoing relationship between Indigenous and settler Australians, points of contestation and how this has shaped the position of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in contemporary society, and understanding Indigenous relationships to each other and the land.

INDONESIAN STUDIES

Monash has been teaching Indonesian culture and language for 50 years. Our Indonesian language students come from a range of backgrounds and begin at a variety of levels - from no prior knowledge of the language to proficient speakers. Students develop knowledge of the broader social, political and cultural contexts that make up the Indonesian environment and are encouraged to engage with our community of scholars who specialise in Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours is vital. International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics. It starts by looking at the history of the 20th century and then moves to the issues facing our world as we move into the 21st century. Students can also pursue studies in one of two streams: Asian studies; European studies.

ITALIAN STUDIES

Knowledge of Italian is useful in itself, but is also essential to the study of other areas like history, literature, music, art and economics. Italian studies students at Monash explore contemporary literature, cinema and theatre, as well as medieval and Renaissance history and culture.

JAPANESE STUDIES

Communicating in Japanese requires cultural knowledge as well as language ability. At Monash, we have established ourselves as a national leader in developing innovative and effective programs for teaching Japanese. We teach Japanese from 3 entry points catering for everyone from the absolute beginner to semi-native speakers. In additional to language skills, students learn about Japanese culture and society, history, the media, and its broader Asian context.

KOREAN STUDIES

Did you know that Korean is Australia's second largest trading partner? This means that employers in business and trade, law firms, schools and universities, and Federal and State Governments have a need for people with Korean expertise. Teaching of Korean at Monash incorporates interactive and multimedia resources to enhance students' learning and bring Korean culture to the classroom. Students can study Korean language from an absolute beginner's level through to proficient.

LINGUISTICS

Put simply, linguistics is the study of language. It looks at the structure of language, such as grammar, its meaning and how it is used, or in other words, its context. Students explore how languages differ and how they are alike, and learn techniques and principles to use in analysing any language. Examples of practical applications of linguistics include communication within organisations, the development of language policies in government and education, and intercultural communication.

LITERARY STUDIES

Our literary studies program encompasses some of the most well-known, interesting and important poems, plays and novels of contemporary times and the past. Everything from the classic texts to contemporary works by Generation Y can be explored. Students learn to think about literature in relation to the ideas and concerns of the current time, as well as the time in which the literature was written. On graduating, students are able to research and write on a variety of challenging topics, engage with ideas, and communicate fluently and clearly in both written and oral form, setting them up for a wide range of employment opportunities. There are 3 different pathways that students can take in the Literary Studies major: Literatures in English, Creative Writing, International Literatures.

MUSIC

Become the complete 21st century musician by surrounding yourself with some of the finest professionals in their fields at one of the best music schools in Australia - the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Students receive one-on-one teaching to develop their solo and ensemble performance skills, and also explore composition, musicology (the academic study of music), ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures), and creative music technology.

PHILOSOPHY

What sorts of things exist in the world and how are they related? How are the mind and matter related? Philosophy raises questions such as these about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find the answers. Students explore the notions of logic, critical reasoning, and both personal and professional ethics.

POLITICS

Politics is concerned with questions of power. What is it? What has it? Who should have it? Politics at university is more concerned with explaining how and why different political systems are constructed, and how they work, than surface level politics such as current affairs. Students look at what happens, but also investigate why, such as the causes of political events and hidden meanings and motivations.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology draws on a range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, learning, problem solving, how we communicate, our emotions, and our social interactions. It allows us to examine how we respond to the world around us, providing valuable insights in how we can interact with the world more effectively and safely.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Is there more than what we see? It is important for all of us to acquire an appreciation of the various religions and spiritual traditions that shape our world. Only in doing so can we truly understand contemporary debates and the relationship of different religious and spiritual traditions with the modern world. Students have the opportunity to study a range of religious traditions, beliefs and theological systems within a variety of contexts.

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology explores people and the relationships that they have in different contexts such as families, schools and workplaces. Sociologists look to things like social class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand and explain the differences in how people live, think and feel. Students can also pursue studies in a Gender Studies stream.

SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Spanish is the language of over 400 million people. It is spoken officially in 23 countries, and is the second language of the US. At Monash, language classes - even beginners - are taught in Spanish, so you get to listen to Spanish from your very first class. While developing their language skills, students also explore the rich diversity of Spanish and Latin American cultures, including literature, film, music and history, allowing them to develop cultural competency alongside their linguistic skills.

THEATRE

Theatre focuses on the past, present and future of performance. It combines theoretical frameworks with the practical study of key themes, questions and practices. Theatre provides students with the ability to think critically, preparing them for a future where theatre and performance increasing cross genres, cultures, geographic boundaries, and modes of artistic expression.