Bachelor of Arts

As a student of the Bachelor of Arts online degree from Macquarie University you will gain knowledge and experience to help you identify your perfect career. You will develop skills essential in any work place such as critical thinking and writing, an understanding of social science, humanities, psychology, politics and philosophy.

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Overview

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Level of study: What does Undergraduate mean?

Undergraduate

Number of units: What are units?

24 units

How to enrol

  1. Select the units you want to study, then enrol.

OR


If eligible, apply for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). A CSP is a place in a course where part of the cost of your studies is covered by the Australian government.
Application required.
  1. Commonwealth Supported Places offered (HECS-HELP)
  2. What is CSP?
Check CSP eligibility
How to apply for CSP

Units in this course


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Macquarie University’s Bachelor of Arts (OUA) degree gives students the opportunity to study units from a range of disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The degree offers considerable flexibility, allowing students to meet their individual needs and interests.

Students can choose from these majors: Cultural Studies, English, Ancient History, Modern History, Philosophy, Politics and Sociology.

Units in the Macquarie University course are based on online teaching. Access to the internet is essential.

Career Outcomes

The degree develops research, analytical, critical thinking and writing skills, as well as specific knowledge in individual subject areas.

Students can go on to a wide range of careers upon completion of this degree, including business, education, government and other sectors. For many students, this degree will just be the beginning as they continue with postgraduate study, an example of which is teaching. To ensure the appropriate subject selection, students should check with the Institute of Teachers in their home state, or contact Macquarie University for further information.

Transition Arrangements

Macquarie University has introduced a new curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts.

From 2012 students will select from 7 majors in Ancient History, Modern History, Cultural Studies, English, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology.  Students may include a maximum of 10 Level 1 units and a minimum of 6 Level 3 units in their 24 units required to qualify for the new BA. Students must include a People unit and a Planet unit in their electives and may include one SSK unit.

The pre2012 Macquarie University BA offered students a choice of 4 streams in Critical and Cultural Studies; History and Politics; Philosophy; Society, Life and Learning. Students may include a maximum of 12 Level 1 units and a minimum of 6 level 3 units in their 24 units required to qualify for the pre2012 BA.

Registered students should decide whether to follow the degree structure in place at the time of their BA registration or transfer to the new 2012 structure.

Unregistered students must submit their BA registration form to the OUA Program Manager at Macquarie University by 31st December 2011 if they intend to complete the pre2012 degree structure.

From 2012 all new and unregistered students will study towards the new BA degree structure. Each major consists of eight units including a Level 3 capstone unit.

Further information about registration is available in the Registering in this Course section below.

Macquarie Bachelor of Arts Transition 2012 (PDF, 149 KB)

Special Requirements

Transfer to Macquarie University

Students who wish to transfer to a HECS place (internal or external) in the BA degree at Macquarie University must complete a minimum of four Macquarie OUA units of study and have a GPA of 2.0 (credit average). Applicants apply through the NSW Universities Admission Centre (UAC) www.uac.edu.au

Award Requirements

To qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree through Macquarie University students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must complete 24 units of study;
  • Students must follow the degree structure in place in the year of registration in the degree.
  • a maximum of 10 Level 1 units;
  • a minimum of 6 Level 3 units; 
  • at least one specified People unit and at least one specified Planet unit
    • one of these two must be an Arts unit from the specified list
    • one of these two must be a non-Arts unit from the specified list;
  • one SSK unit may be included.

Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit

Students registering for the Macquarie Bachelor of Arts degree through Open Universities Australia may be granted credit for previous non-Open Universities Australia studies, subject to the following rules:

  • Units for which credit is sought must have been undertaken within the past 10 years;
  • Only previous studies at an Australian university will be recognised for credit;
  • A maximum of six units (three at Level 1 and three at Level 2) of generalised or unspecified credit may be granted for incomplete prior studies;
  • A maximum of four units (two at Level 1 and two at Level 2) of generalised or unspecified credit may be granted for completed qualifications;
  • Credit is granted at Level 1 and Level 2 only;
  • There will be no reduction of the requirement to complete at least eight Macquarie Open Universities Australia units;
  • An administration fee of $A120 is charged to apply for credit. Please contact Macquarie for further information: ouainfo@mq.edu.au

Registering in this Course

Students are eligible to register for the Macquarie Bachelor of Arts after successfully completing at least four Macquarie units. Students must follow the degree structure in place at the time of their BA registration with the University. A one-off administration fee of $A360 is charged to register. Please contact Macquarie University for further information on registering for the degree: ouainfo@mq.edu.au

Recommended Study Pattern

  • Students new to university study may want to enrol in an SSK study skills unit as one of their Electives before starting their Major units
  • Students must complete Level 1 major units before studying Level 2 and Level 3 units. 
  • The Level 3 Capstone unit in a major must be the final unit in that area of study. 
  • A maximum of ten Level 1 units (including the Major units, Electives and the People and Planet units) may be included in this degree.

Registered students completing one of the previous BA streams should refer to the course structures linked from the Transition Arrangements before selecting their units for enrolment. 

Course Admission Eligibility Criteria

(Commonwealth supported place)

In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, students must meet the following requirements:

•  4 OUA Macquarie Undergraduate units at pass level
 

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places

How to Apply

The Bachelor of Arts is open to all students and does not require an Application process. Simply add units from the Course units tab to your Study Cart to begin your enrolment.

Commonwealth Supported Places

The Bachelor of Arts is also eligible for Commonwealth supported places. To enrol in this course as a Commonwealth supported student, you can submit your application by clicking on the Apply online button below. Please ensure you check the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth supported place in this course in the Requirements Tab.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places or call      1300 322 870.

Apply online

If you require an application form in an alternative format please phone a CSP Student Advisor on 1800 870 322.

About Commonwealth supported places

A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government provides funding to the university towards the cost of your education. Commonwealth supported places are only available for students who wish to enrol in a full course of study and are required to contribute to the cost of their higher education through a student contribution. Eligible students in Commonwealth supported places can also receive assistance with their student contribution in the form of HECS-HELP.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen OR;
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR;
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

For more information and to download an information booklet on the eligibility requirements and the payment options available including the process for applying for HECS-HELP assistance, please visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/

Alternatively if you do not wish to apply as a Commonwealth supported place student or are not eligible, you can still apply to study this course or units within this course. Click on the Course units tab above to find out more.

Please note that depending on the course eligibility requirements, you may be required to provide scanned and certified copies of the following supporting documents:

  • Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.(Please ensure you attach all pages of your academic transcript including both the front and back pages)

A “certified copy” is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person. These include a justice of the peace, lawyer, medical practitioner, pharmacist, accountant, school principal or minister of religion.

  • English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
  • IMPORTANT:  Please do not send original documents as they will not be returned.

Pricing and Payment Options

The total cost of completing a degree will vary depending on the course you have chosen to study.

Fees can also vary according to the type of unit you enrol in and the applicable fee band. Below is a guide to help you find the fees applicable for your own study path.

Please also note that the fees listed here are only indicative costs for new students in 2012. These fees may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks.

Course Structure

Majors

Students can choose to study from these seven BA Majors:
Cultural Studies
English
Ancient History
Modern History
Philosophy
Politics
Sociology

Please note:
Students must complete the Major requirements as listed below plus their Macquarie Electives units and their OUA Electives.

Electives

Students should check the information in their Major below for the total number of Macquarie and OUA electives they need to complete.

Macquarie Electives are listed below. OUA Electives may be selected from any OUA unit provided any prerequisites have been completed.

People and Planet units.

Students must include one People unit and one Planet unit from the lists below. These may be from their Macquarie Electives or their OUA Electives.

  • One of either the People or Planet units must be an Arts unit not from your Major.
  • One of either the People or Planet units must be a non-Arts unit

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Cultural Studies - Level 1
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Unit name
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2012 Availability
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Macquarie
Complete both units above. Select at least four other level 1 units offered by MQ.
Select up to four other level 1 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers. Include in this choice of four units one People unit and one Planet unit.
Cultural Studies - Level 2
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Select at least 2 of the 3 units above. Select at least two other level 2 units offered by Macquarie University. Select up to two other level 2 units offered by any OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Cultural Studies - Level 3
Select
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete the four units above with the Capstone unit (CLT370) as the last unit.
Select at least one other level 3 unit offered by Macquarie University
Select one other level 3 unit offered by an OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
English - Level 1
Select
Unit code
Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Complete this unit. Select at least four other level 1 units offered by MQ. Select up to four other level 1 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers. Include in this choice of four units one People unit and one Planet unit.
English - Level 2
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
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Macquarie
Complete both units above. Select at least two other level 2 units offered by Macquarie University (MQ)
Select up to two other level 2 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers.
English - Level 3
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Provider
2012 Availability
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Complete the 5 units above. The Capstone unit (ENG390) must be included and must be the last unit taken for this field of study. Select one other level 3 unit offered by an OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Ancient History - Level 1
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Select at least 2 of the 3 units above.
Select at least 4 other level 1 units offered by MQ
Select up to 4 other level 1 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers. Include, in this choice of 4 units, one People unit and one Planet unit.
Ancient History - Level 2
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2012 Availability
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Select at least two of the units above.
Select at least one other level 2 unit offered by Macquarie University.
Select up to two other level 2 units offered by any OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Ancient History - Level 3
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete at least 4 of the 5 units above.
The Capstone unit (HST390) must be included and must be the last unit taken for this field of study. Select at least one other level 3 unit offered by Macquarie University. Select one other level 3 unit offered by any OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Modern History - Level 1
Select
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete at least 2 of the 3 units above.
Select at least 4 other Level 1 units offered by MQ
Select up to 4 other Level 1 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers. Include, in this choice of 4 units, one People unit and one Planet unit. .
Modern History - Level 2
Select
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Select both of the units above.
Select at least one other level 2 unit offered by Macquarie University
Select up to two other level 2 units offered by any OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Modern History - Level 3
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete all 4 of the units above.
The Capstone unit (HST380) must be included and must be the last unit taken for this field of study. Select at least one other level 3 unit offered by Macquarie University
Select one other level 3 unit offered by any OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Philosophy - Level 1
Select
Unit code
Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Select at least 2 of the 3 units above.
Select at least 4 other level 1 units offered by MQ
Select up to 4 other level 1 units offered by any OUA provider including MQ. Include, in this choice of 4 units, 1 People unit and 1 Planet unit.
Philosophy - Level 2
Select
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete at least two of the three units above.
Select at least two other level 2 units offered by Macquarie University
Select up to two other level 2 units offered by any OUA provider including Macquarie University.
Philosophy - Level 3
Select
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete all 4 of the units above.
The Capstone unit (PHI370) must be included and must be the last unit taken for this field of study. Select at least one other level 3 unit offered by Macquarie University. Select one other level 3 unit offered by any OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Politics - Level 1
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete both units above. Select at least four other level 1 units offered by MQ. Select up to four other level 1 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers. Include in this choice of four units one People unit and one Planet unit.
Politics - Level 2
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete both units above. Select at least two other level 2 units offered by Macquarie University (MQ)
Select up to two other level 2 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers.
Politics - Level 3
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Select all four units above. The Capstone unit (PLT390) must be the last unit taken for this field of study. Select at least one other level 3 unit offered by Macquarie University. Select one other level 3 unit offered by an OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Sociology - Level 1
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Unit name
Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Complete both units above. Select at least four other level 1 units offered by MQ. Select up to four other level 1 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers. Include in this choice of four units one People unit and one Planet unit.
Sociology - Level 2
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Provider
2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Select at least two units from the four above. Select at least two other level 2 units offered by Macquarie University (MQ)
Select up to two other level 2 units offered by OUA from MQ or other OUA providers.
Sociology - Level 3
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2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Macquarie
Select at least 4 units from the above 5 units. The Capstone unit (SGY370) must be included and must be the last unit taken for this field of study. Select at least one other level 3 unit offered by Macquarie University. Select one other level 3 unit offered by an OUA provider, including Macquarie University.
Planet Units - Arts
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2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
One of either the People or Planet Units must be from outside your field of study and one must be from outside the Faculty of Arts.
Planet units - non-Arts
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2012 Availability
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RMIT
Murdoch
One of either the People or Planet units must be a non-Arts unit
People units - Arts
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2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
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Macquarie
UniSA
Griffith
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UniSA
One of either the People or Planet units must be from an Arts unit not from your Major
People units - non-Arts
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2012 Availability
Macquarie
Macquarie
One of either the People or Planet units must be a non-Arts unit
Level 1 Macquarie Electives
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Level 3 Macquarie Electives
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