Honours in Chinese Studies
‘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.
The Department also offers joint honours with other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The Honours program in Chinese Studies will provide you with an opportunity to engage in in-depth study of social, political, cultural, literary or linguistic topics related to Chinese Studies.
All students with good academic records in Chinese Studies should consider an Honours year. There will be a range of options for students with different levels of Chinese language proficiency and research interest; however, the more Chinese you have learned before you start, the more interesting the options that will be available to you. The minimum requirements for admission to Honours are as follows:
- a major in Chinese studies plus sufficient additional credit points selected from other China-focused units of study to reach 48 senior credit points; and
- a credit or better average in all qualifying units of study.
You are advised to consider taking ASNS3690 Approaches to Research in Asian Studies, in the semester before you intend to commence honours. It is also possible to enrol in a joint Honours program with Chinese Studies and another department.
Students whose bachelor 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.
Your supervisor will recommend one of the following two schemes, after consultation with you and the Chair of the Department
- a long thesis (18000-20000 words) and two seminars, the thesis worth 60% of the final Honours result and the seminars 40% (each seminar 20%);
- a short thesis (12000-15000 words) and three seminars, the thesis worth 40% of the final Honours result and the seminars 60% (each seminar 20%).
Each of the seminars meets weekly for 2 hours, for one semester. While you will receive marks for all pieces of assessment, your academic transcripts will record only your final, overall Honours mark.
Students should consult with the Honours Coordinator regarding seminar offerings in the current year.
In consultation with the supervisor and with the approval of the Chair of the Department, students can also select seminars from other programs in the Faculty of Arts. The Department also offers joint Honours supervision with other programs.
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 (long thesis) or 12000-15000 words (short thesis - see Assessment above) of writing and must demonstrate both a command of a sufficient range of primary source material in the Chinese language, as well as a command of a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to the topic of the research.
In the first instance, students should contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss their 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. See the departmental Academic Staff List to get an idea of the research interests of staff.
In the first instance you should discuss your intention to apply for Honours with the Honours Coordinator. Students will enrol in CHNS4011, 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.