- Length 4 year full-time
- Minimum 192 Units
The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)—Humanities and Social Sciences requires the completion of 192 units, of which:
A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses;
The 192 units must include:
144 units of which:
A minimum of 6 units of 1000-level Social Science Disciplinary Approaches courses from the following list:
ASIA1035 Introduction to Asian Politics
ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia
CRIM1001 Criminological Imaginations: Understanding Criminality
CRIM1002 Criminological Perspectives: Understanding Crime
DEMO1001 Global Population Challenges
ECON1101 Microeconomics 1
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1
ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability
ENVS1008 Sustainable Development
HIST1210 The Great Acceleration: People and Planet Since 1945
HIST1214 Empires in Global History: 1200 to the Present
INTR1021 Understanding Peace and Conflict
INTR1022 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
POLS1002 Introduction to Politics
POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues
PSYC1003 Psychology 1: Understanding Mind, Brain and Behaviour
PSYC1004 Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context
SOCR1001 Foundations of Social Research
SOCY1002 Self and Society
SOCY1004 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology
STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies
STST1003 Coping with Crisis: the Practice of International Security
A minimum of 6 units of the 1000-level Humanities Disciplinary Approaches courses from the following list:
ANTH1002 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology
ANTH1003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development, and Inequality
CLAS1001 Traditional Grammar
ENGL1013 Reading across Time and Space: Literary Contexts
ENGL1014 Close Encounters: How to Read Literature
GEND1001 Sex, Gender and Identity: An Introduction to Gender Studies
GEND1002 Reading Popular Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Studies
HUMN1001 Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age
INDG1001 Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities
INDG1002 First Peoples' experiences and ways of being: resilience, agency, resurgence and rights
LING1001 Introduction to the Study of Language
LING1002 Language and Society
MUSI1113 Introduction to Ethnomusicology
PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction
PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking
WARS1001 War in the Modern World, 1789 to today
WARS1003 War and Society in Modern History
A minimum of 6 units of Theory and Method courses from the following list.
ANTH2067 Doing Ethnography: Practicum on Applied Anthropology
ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology
DEMO2001 Understanding Population Change
ECON3152 Game Theory
ENVS2002 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring
HIST2110 Approaches to History
HUMN2001 Introduction to Digital Humanities and Public Culture - Tools, Theories and Methods
INDG3006 Indigenous Research: Practice, Collaboration, and Ethics
POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis
POLS3017 International Relations Theory
SOCY2161 Contemporary Social Theory
SOCY2169 Online Research Methods
WARS2001 Theories of War: An historical and global perspective
A minimum of 6 units of courses on Indigenous Themes from the following list:
Any 1000, 2000, or 3000 level INDG course
ANTH2005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies, and Environment
ARTH2098 Australian First Nations Art and Culture
ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific
ASIA3053 Rituals of Life and Death in Asia and the Pacific
HIST2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
HIST2142 Indigenous Memory and History: on Page, Stage, and Screen
LING2016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia
LING3031 Papuan Languages
PASI8002 Pacific Foundations: From Maritime Societies to Global Cultures
A minimum of 6 units of courses on Asia or the Pacific from the following list:
Any 1000, 2000, or 3000 level on-campus ASIA or PASI course
ARCH2005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders
ARTH2059 Art of Asia: Histories and Traditions
ARTH2169 Introducing Asian Modernisms
BUSI2023 Dynamics of Asian Business
GEND2001 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy
INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy
INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula
INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
POLS2055 Pacific Politics
STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific
STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands
WARS2004 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific
A minimum of 6 units of the following Experiential or Group Project courses.
Any Vice Chancellors’ course with a VCUG code.
ASIA2110 International Affairs Internship
ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship
ASIA3023 Asia Pacific Week Internship
SOCY3001 Research Internship
Group Project courses:
POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis
POLS3041 Applied Policy Project
SOCY3124 Transforming Society: Towards a Public Sociology
VCUG3100 Group Research and Innovation Project (GRIP)
6 units from completion of the 1000-level 6 unit PhB-specific Advanced Studies Course (ASC).
BPHB1114 Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities 1
A minimum of 6 units from completion of the 2000-level 6 unit PhB-specific Advanced Studies Course (ASC).
BPHB2114 Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities 2
24 units from repeat completion of the 3000-level 12 unit PhB-specific Advanced Studies Course (ASC).
BPHB3114 Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities 3
A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses within the following Social Science, Humanities, Area Studies and Language Majors and Minors:
Asia-Pacific Politics Major
Development Studies Major
Economic Studies Major
Environmental Studies Major
Human Rights Major
International Business Major
International Relations Major
Peace and Conflict Studies Major
Political Science Major
Security Studies Major
Art History and Theory Major
Asian and Pacific Culture, Media, and Gender Major
Digital Humanities Major
International Communication Major
War Studies Major
Asian History Major
Asian Studies Major
Australian Indigenous Studies Major
Chinese Studies Major
Contemporary Europe Major
European History Major
Indian and South Asian Studies Major
Indonesian Studies Major
Japanese Studies Major
Korean Studies Major
Latin American Studies Major
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major
Northeast Asian Studies Major
Pacific Studies Major
Southeast Asian Studies Major
Advanced Ancient Greek
Advanced Chinese Language
Advanced English Language
Advanced French Studies
Advanced German Studies
Advanced Hispanic Culture
Advanced Hispanic Linguistics
Advanced Italian Studies
Advanced Japanese Language
Advanced Korean Language
Advanced Sanskrit Language
Advanced Spanish Studies
French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Italian Language and Culture
Tok Pisin Language
A maximum of 48 units of free electives of 1000, 2000, or 3000 level courses offered by ANU.
48 units from completion of one of the following Honours Specialisations
Anthropology Honours Specialisation
Asia-Pacific Studies Honours Specialisation
Australian Indigenous Studies Honours Specialisation
Criminology Honours Specialisation
Demography Honours Specialisation
Development Studies Honours Specialisation
Digital Humanities Honours Specialisation
Economic Studies Honours Specialisation
English Honours Specialisation
Environmental Studies Honours Specialisation
European Studies Honours Specialisation
Gender, Sexuality and Culture Honours Specialisation
History Honours Specialisation
International Relations Honours Specialisation
Language Studies Honours Specialisation
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours Specialisation
Philosophy Honours Specialisation
Political Science Honours Specialisation
Psychology Honours Specialisation
Security Studies Honours Specialisation
Sociology Honours Specialisation
Students must achieve a minimum 75% weighted average mark in courses offered by CAP or CASS in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) subsequent to the first year of study in order to continue in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students who do not achieve a minimum 75% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Asian Studies, Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Bachelor of International Security Studies, Bachelor of Pacific Studies, or the program best aligned with the student’s academic record.
In order to progress to Honours, students must attend and participate in a minimum of nine Research Seminars meetings over the coursework component. Participation includes presentation of a students' own research work and giving formal feedback on other students' ongoing research projects, each a minimum of three times.
Students must complete 144 units and achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark calculated from the 36 units of courses in disciplines cognate to the Honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses, with the highest marks and satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation in order to commence the Honours specialisation. Students who do not achieve the 70% weighted average mark after 144 units or do not satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation will be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent).
Students must achieve a minimum 80% final Honours mark in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students who achieve a final Honours mark from 50% to 79% will graduate with the Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours), Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs (Honours), Bachelor of International Security Studies (Honours), Bachelor of Pacific Studies (Honours), or the Honours program best aligned with the student’s academic record. Student who do not successfully complete the Honours year with a final mark of at least 50% will graduate from the Bachelor of Asian Studies, Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Bachelor of International Security Studies, Bachelor of Pacific Studies, or the program best aligned with the student’s academic record.
Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications and including any eligible adjustments:
- An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
- A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
- At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
- An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.
Domestic students completing an Australian Year 12 or the IB program (November session) in Australia in 2019 apply directly to The Australian National University by submitting an Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation application here. All students will still need to meet the published entry requirements for the program they have applied for.
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Domestic Non-School leavers
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International applicant entry requirements
International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants.
Additional Information for applicants
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- International Baccalaureate:
Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.
Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded.
You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:
- applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
- undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
- achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
- not previously attempted tertiary study.
Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.
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The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)—Humanities and Social Sciences or PhB (HaSS) is an innovative, research-focused undergraduate degree designed for intellectually curious students who want to explore their interests beyond the classroom. It’s the only program of its kind where disciplinary knowledge is enriched by a deep regional understanding of Asia and the Pacific.
As a member of our interdisciplinary research community you will have the opportunity to explore your interests through a diverse range of disciplines including: history, anthropology, international relations, gender, culture, strategic studies, sociology, political science, language and linguistics, literature, law and regulation, archaeology, and economics.
You will receive one-on-one mentoring from a range of world-leading researchers at the forefront of their fields and develop your capacity for independent research and critical thinking in an academically rigorous learning environment.
You will join a dynamic cohort of students in the PhB, interacting through special research seminars, and connecting with international peers through internship and exchange opportunities.
The flexible nature of the PhB (HaSS) allows you and your academic mentors to design the program to suit your interests and includes advanced PhB-only courses tailored to provide you with the high-level academic skills you need to lead in your research and analysis career.
During your final years of study you will be encouraged to undertake fieldwork abroad as you embark on a year-long independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor. With the ANU PhB (HaSS) you can gain exceptional preparation in your chosen Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines and special opportunities to pursue regionally-focused or globally-oriented study at the highest level.
ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.
We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.
The PhB is an ideal path to take if you are already aiming for a career in research, but it is equally good if you decide to enter the workforce directly, as you will not only have gained the academic and generic skills normally obtained within a degree but will have gained highly marketable skills in independent research, oral and written communication and also in teamwork.
Engage professionally and respectfully with Asia, the Pacific, and the world using sophisticated concepts and methods from the humanities and social sciences.
Critically analyse the research literature from both specialist and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Create new interdisciplinary knowledge that helps to build an integrated understanding of complex social, cultural, political and/or linguistic issues at an Asia-Pacific regional or global scale.
Convey professional and disciplinary knowledge to diverse audiences in a clear and convincing manner.
Collaborate with peers to identify and solve problems in business, politics, and the academy.
Conceptualise new research projects considering their practical application, academic contributions, and ethical implications.
Undertake independent research drawing on high level project management, analysis, and writing skills, as well as professional connections.
Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.