‘Honours’ is an intensive year-long program of advanced study with research at its centre. The Honours year enables students to engage with the subject of their major in depth by undertaking research of their own, under the supervision of an expert in the their field. For some students, Honours is the culmination of their formal education while for other students, Honours is the first step on the path to careers as professional researchers and academics. Many staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences find Honours teaching the most rewarding part of their job.
Students intending to complete Honours must have qualified for the award of the pass degree with a major in Asian Studies. You will have completed 48 senior credit points with a Credit average or better which includes the 36 senior credit points required for a major and 12 additional credit points. As part of this requirement you must have completed ASNS3690 Approaches to Research in Asian Studies, or equivalent subject if you are entering Honours from another University.
The Honours program consists of two seminars and an 18,000-20,000 word thesis on a topic in their area of interest. As with the undergraduate Asian Studies major, all units and the thesis will be in English. However, we encourage students with Asian-language proficiency to utilise sources in that language for their thesis research.
Students whose bachelor's degree was undertaken at another university, or students who completed their bachelor's degrees at the University of Sydney more than two years ago should contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss whether the classes they have taken are equivalent to these prerequisites.
Please note: from 2015 the minimum requirement for entry into Honours will increase to an average of 70% or above across 48 senior credit points in the intended subject area/s.
The Honours program in Asian Studies consists of:
- a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff
- two seminars that meet weekly for two hours for one semester.
The thesis should be of 18000-20000 words in length. Each seminar requires 6000-8000 words of written work or its equivalent. The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 20%.
As with the undergraduate Asian Studies major, all units and the thesis will be in English. However, we encourage students with Asian-language proficiency to utilise sources in that language for their thesis research.
The following seminars are on offer in 2014:
- Semester 1: Theory and Method in Asian Studies (Dr Olivier Ansart)
- Semester 2: Engaging Asia (Dr Rebecca Suter)
The honours thesis constitutes an original piece of research and writing in a field that can be supervised by a member of staff. It amounts to 18000-20000 words of writing in English and must demonstrate both a command of a wide range of secondary source material in Asian studies, as well as a command of a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to the topic of the research.
Contact the Program's Honours Coordinator to discuss your preferred field of Honours study. The Honours Coordinator will then be able to suggest the most appropriate member of staff within the department to supervise the thesis.
In the first instance you should discuss your intention to apply for Honours with the Honours Coordinator. Students will enrol in ASNS4011, 4012, 4013 and 4014. These, however, are merely generic or ‘shell’ units for your coursework component.
Enrolments are completed online. Go to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours webpage for further information on Honours and on the online enrolment application procedure.
The Honours Coordinator can answer any queries relating to the Honours program.