Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) Major in Philosophy




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
The Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) is a 48 UOC (one year equivalent) advanced undergraduate degree for high achieving students which may be taken upon completion of an undergraduate pass degree in Arts, International Studies or Social Research and Policy. A student undertaking this program will normally complete honours within their chosen major stream of study in their pass degree. The focus of Honours year is on the further development of analytical and research skills, deepening of knowledge, and application of methods that are specific to students' chosen (major) discipline of study. The program may be a pathway into a graduate research degree (MA Research; PhD). The BASS (Hons) may be completed full-time or part-time.
Program Objectives
The aims of the BASS (Hons) are:
To further develop the disciplinary skills acquired by students in their major stream of study (AQF Level 7). In particular, to inculcate higher-order research skills in critical thinking, reflection and analysis.
To understand relevant disciplinary methods and approaches and their assumptions, and to apply them in research.
To deepen disciplinary-specific knowledge and to understand its theoretical frameworks and contexts of application. To apply such knowledge while considering, where appropriate, interdisciplinary perspectives, historical and comparative frameworks, and world-views of other times, places, and cultures.
To appreciate the place of ethics in private and public life and to interrogate disciplinary frameworks, assumptions and processes in light of ethical values.
Learning Outcomes
The Program-Level Learning Outcomes for the BASS (Hons) are as follows:
Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines, and knowledge of research principles and methods
Demonstrate cognitive skills that review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge
Identify and formulate solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
Demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
Demonstrate an ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
Demonstrate initiative and judgement in scholarship
Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Demonstrate communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
Construct a research project that demonstrates technical skills in research and design
Construct a research project that demonstrates critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
What is knowledge? What most fundamentally exists? What is freedom? How should we live? What is justice? These are among the perennial questions of philosophical inquiry. How we answer these questions drives, in turn, the work we do in countless other fields - in politics, law, business, peacemaking and warfare, the creative arts, science and technology. Philosophy teaches you ways to think about these questions, and why these questions matter.
What You'll Study
Our courses are designed to help you form habits of clear and imaginative thought. You will focus on different methods of persuasion and justification, and explain their roles in philosophical arguments and contributions to knowledge. Advanced philosophy courses are divided into three broad areas of philosophy: Epistemology and Metaphysics; Moral, Social and Political Philosophy; and Philosophical Traditions.


Which department am I in? Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); TOEFL - Paper-based Test (PBT) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest).

Entry Requirement For International Student

Students must have completed the UNSW Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Studies or Bachelor of Social Research and Policy or other recognised Level 7 qualification with a major in a stream offered in the program. Students in a dual degree must have completed 144 UOC including all requirements for the Arts, International Studies or Social Research and Policy component. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher (or equivalent) in the stream(s) seeking to be further studied. It is subject to resources and the approval of the Head of School in which the stream(s) is/are based.
English Language requirements: IELTS score 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest), TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking), TOEFL (PBT): 577 overall with a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE); University English Entry Course (UEEC): successful completion of the UEEC with a grade of C plus and a minimum score of 20 in the writing component; PTE (Academic) - Pearson Test of English academic: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): B grade; Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A grade; successful completion of the ANU College Access Program with a minimum of 70 per cent overall.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Trinity College - The University of Melbourne
UNSW Foundation Studies

Full Time (1 year)

A$34,450.00 (US$ 26,947) per year

26 February 2018, 23 July 2018, 18 February 2019

University of New South Wales - UNSW Kensington Campus, High Street, Kensington, UNSW SYDNEY, New South Wales, 2052, SYDNEY, Australia