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Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours)


Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)(Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) leading to the award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) or equivalent. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)(Honours) degree are set out in Table A and Table B of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Table of units of study.
To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)(Honours) degree candidates must complete 144 credit points in total, comprising:
a minimum of 96 senior credit points (2000-3000 level), including a major from Table A;
48 honours credit points (4000-level) from a single subject area taken from Table A, except that candidates who intend to undertake joint honours may include a subject area from Table B;
no junior (1000-level) units of study;
a maximum of 60 senior credit points from any single subject area in the Table; and
a maximum of 36 intermediate/senior credit points from Table B, except that candidates who intend to undertake double or joint honours may take a maximum of 48 intermediate/senior credit points in their intended honours subject area from Table B.

5 Majors

Completion of a Table A major is a requirement of the degree. Candidates have the option of completing a second major from Table A or Table B. Units of study counted towards one major may not count toward any other major completed.
The list of majors available and the requirements for the completion of a major are listed in the resolutions of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

6 Progression rules

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)(Honours) must maintain a minimum of a credit average across all units of study. Candidates who fail to maintain a credit average will be allowed to enrol as a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree with full credit for all units of study successfully completed in the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)(Honours).
Candidates who fail to complete 48 credit points of honours units of study, or whose final result in any of these units is below 65, will be allowed to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts with full credit for all units of study successfully completed.

7 Award of the degree

The degree is awarded as (Advanced)(Honours). The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the rules specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

8 Cross-institutional study

Cross-institutional study is not available in this course.

9 Credit transfer

It is not possible for candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)(Honours) to obtain credit for previous studies.

10 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2011.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January 2011 will complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.