Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code3920
Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(SocSci)
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT

Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Malaysia)

Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course manager: Kevin Tan;

Course coordinator

Dr Jonathan Driskell


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Studying humanities develops general knowledge and specific intellectual skills relating to human thought and relations, such as the way we communicate or how the past has affected the present. Social science analyses and explains societies and the relationships of individuals within those societies.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, theoretical perspectives and scholarly debates in a variety of Arts and Social Science disciplines
  • demonstrate the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills as are appropriate to the discipline
  • apply discipline-specific knowledge as well as a combination of personal and cultural understandings that demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity, ethical awareness and aesthetic appreciation
  • recognise and understand the principles of ethical conduct and professionalism and be able to apply these to future careers
  • apply research techniques and research skills appropriate to the discipline to study problems and evaluate research findings
  • apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to evaluate arguments, synthesise ideas and solve problems in their discipline
  • demonstrate the skills of verbal and written communication, as well as the ability to work independently and in teams, in order to effectively
  • develop information management, study and research skills and attitudes to support lifelong learning
  • demonstrate the capacity to evaluate their own performance, work effectively in teams and individually, as well as the skills to plan and carry out set tasks and projects.


This course consists of a compulsory arts major and arts minor, with additional studies.


Students must complete the following:

(a.) a compulsory arts major (48 points) from one of those listed under 'Areas of study'

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) another 12 points of arts at first, second or third-year level

(e.) additional units to make up a total of 144 points.

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (across the duration of the degree).

Of the 144 points, 96 points must be in the structure outlined in steps (a.) to (d.), and the remaining 48 points may be taken from disciplines in the Faculty of Arts or from disciplines outside the faculty. This means the student can study a second major from the Arts faculty or a major (equivalent) from another faculty. A major from a faculty other than Arts usually requires the permission of that faculty.

When selecting units not for a major or minor, these can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook.* The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-arts units may require permission from the owning faculty. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

* Students can also choose one or both of the following two units: AMU2744 Workplace learning internship, and AMU2814 Transforming community: Project design and public relations for social campaigns.

Areas of study

For the specific requirements of arts majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the arts areas of studyarts areas of study ( section in this Handbook.

Alternative exit(s)

Exit awards do not apply for courses offered at Malaysia campus.


Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)