Honours in Germanic 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.
All students may qualify for the honours year, regardless of the language level at which they commenced. Admission to honours requires 48 senior credit points of Germanic Studies of which 12 must be gained from units of study at 3000 level, and which must include completion of the major, with a credit average or above.
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 Germanic 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%. Honours is a single unified program. 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.
The honours thesis constitutes an original piece of research and writing in a field that is supervised by a member of staff. It amounts to 18000-20000 words in either English or German, and must demonstrate both a command of a wide range of secondary source material in German, as well as a command of a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to the topic of the research.
Contact the Department'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. The list below, whilst not exhaustive, gives an idea of the areas of interest of staff from the Department.
- Dr Andrea Bandhauer supervises in Contemporary Literature in German* Comparative literature: International and Comparative Literature Studies * Late 19th and early 20th century Literature* Austrian literature (Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek, etc. * Fiction and autobiography* Identity and alterity: Foreignness in contemporary German literature (e.g. Yoko Tawada, Emine Sevgi Özdamar) * Film
- Dr Tristan Lay supervises in Methodology and Didactics of Foreign Languages * German as a Foreign/Second Language * Multiple Language Acquisition * Learning as well as Audio-visual Language Learning via film/music.
- Dr Yixu Lu supervises in German colonialism in China * Myth and literature * Media and culture in 20th century Germany * German literature from 18th century to the present * Heinrich von Kleist.
In the first instance you should discuss your intention to apply for Honours with the Honours Coordinator. Students will enrol in GRMN4011, 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.