Understanding Your Degree Structure – 1604.

The Bachelor of Arts 1604.5 is made up of 24 units organised into three components and you have to complete all three in order to be eligible to graduate: 1. 4 compulsory BA Core units: • 100965 Media and Visual Culture • 100968 Texts and Traditions • 100958 Australia and the World • 100960 Contemporary Society plus 2. 12 units in a Key Program plus 3. 8 units of electives (free choice units) Electives may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major or sub-major. A couple of other rules that you need to remember but don’t need to worry about at this point: 1. You must not complete more than 10 units at level 100 2. Your degree must include 6 units at level 300 3. You can’t study any level 200 or 300 units until you have completed 6 units at level 100

More about the core
These units are completed by all students in the BA. They are designed to give a basic introduction to study in the Humanities and to develop skills that are fundamental to academic work including critical thinking, academic writing, textual and visual analysis, researching, and delivering oral presentations. They are not part of your Key Program but they do provide training in the skills that you will need to complete your Key Program.

More about Key Programs
The Key Program is your main area of study in your BA. Of the 24 units that make up your BA, 12 of them come from your Key Program. Each Key Program is quite different and which one you choose depends on where your career interests lie. For example, if you would like to become a history teacher then you’d choose the Humanities Key Program and you’d choose History, Politics and Philosophy as your major (more on majors below). If you would like to become a psychologist or counsellor then you would choose the Psychology Key Program.

As a profession. so you can tailor your degree to your future. phonetics. It requires an understanding of the subtleties of culture. If you take the Psychology Key Program you will follow a strict sequence of study of 12 units in the area (See the UWS on-line handbook for further details) Languages Key Program Language proficiency is not just about knowing words in another language. individual differences.What are the Key Programs that I can choose from? At Bankstown there are five Key Programs from which to choose: • Humanities • Languages • Psychology • Islamic Studies At Penrith there are two Key Programs from which to choose: • Humanities • Psychology What are the Key Programs about? Psychology Key Program Psychology is the field of inquiry that uses scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain behaviour and experience. society. and relationships. personality and cognitive processes. history. It is also flexible enough to allow you to pursue a sub-major in any other course from across the University. social psychology. Units in the program are drawn from the following topic areas of psychology: history of psychology. lifespan development. biological psychology. The Languages Key Program allows you to choose the languages or linguistics course that best suits your career aspirations and current level of language proficiency. it is about communication. learning. It is this unique combination of specialist skills that makes multi-lingual individuals so highly prized in government and business. Languages offered are: • Arabic • Japanese • Italian • Chinese • Spanish . body-language. sensation and perception. it involves the application of psychological knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour.

The Key Program in Islamic Studies offers students in-depth study by building on a solid theoretical foundation introduced in the first year. or intermediate. past and present. plus a sub-major of four units in beginner. to reiterate. It has a substantial on-line component but also includes a mandatory face to face components (so it is not a fully on-line Key Program) The Key Program in Islamic Studies consists of an 8 unit major drawn from a pool of Islamic Studies units. So. Islamic Studies at UWS is offered in partnership with the University of Melbourne and Griffith University through the joint National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies. or post-intermediate entry Arabic. Spanning from the origins of Islam to the present. For example. but relevance can only come from a sound comprehension of past traditions in Islamic scholarship and their socio-historical contexts. Politics and Philosophy Sub-major (4 units) . then moving progressively into topics and disciplines essential to an understanding of Islamic studies. culture and civilization.Languages may be studied at beginner. (See the UWS on-line handbook for further details) Islamic Studies Key Program The Islamic Studies major explores the issues relevant to the development of Islam as a religion. intermediate or advanced level. Humanities Key Program Your experience of study in the Humanities at UWS depends pretty much on what areas you choose to MAJOR and SUBMAJOR in but first here are some of the basic definitions of what Humanities study is about: Humanities Majors and Sub-Majors The Humanities Key Program is made up of majors (8 units) and sub-majors (4 units). a Key Program is 12 units and this Key Program is made up of 8 Islamic Studies units plus 4 Arabic Language units. Text and Writing Major (8 units) and History. One of the keys to Islamic Studies is ‘relevance’ to the contemporary world. as well as historical and modern Islamic studies and research methods. If you choose the Humanities Key Program you first choose your major and then your sub-major (or minor). you will gain an understanding of the rich diversity the essence of Islam has to offer. The area of study balances text and context. your enrolment might be: Humanities Key Program (12 units) made-up of: English.

But. Politics and Philosophy Note: * No more that two of the Major Area 100 level units can be counted towards the Major and each major has at least one compulsory level 100 unit * No more than one of the level 100 units in a Major Area can be counted towards the submajor Two little quirks to be aware of: 1. Text and Writing • History.Your course code is 1604. rules and so on.5 REMEMBER . For example. For you it would be an elective.aspx?course=1604.edu. what is a Key Program unit for one person is an elective for another. and this can be tricky to get your head around at first. . Here you will find full details of the Key Programs. Politics and Philosophy Humanities Major Areas of Study at Bankstown • Asian Studies and International Relations • Cultural and Social Analysis • English. Text and Writing • History. if your Key Program was Psychology then you might take Italian 101 as an elective.au/hbook/course.5 (the .Humanities Major Areas of study at Penrith: • Art History and Cinema Studies • Asian Studies and International Relations • Cultural and Social Analysis • English. http://handbook. Text and Writing Major your sub-major may be in English Linguistics rather than another Humanities area (involves studying at Bankstown) Want to know more about Key Programs and the units that you would study in each Key Program? The following link will take you to the Information about your Course. If you choose the English.uws. More about electives Electives are free choice units: they are not part of your Core and they are not part of your Key Program.5 is very important because if you enter the wrong version you’ll end up with the wrong rules). If you choose the Major in Asian Studies and International Relations then your submajor may be in an Asian Language rather than another Humanities area (involves studying at Bankstown) 2. units.

if a unit is not part of your Core and is not part of your Key Program. then it is an elective. starting as a beginner. it would be part of their Key Program and not an elective. So. .but for someone doing the Languages Key Program with a major in Italian.

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