Honours in Germanic Studies

Entry Requirements
Program Structure and Assessment
Thesis Supervision
Scholarships
Enrolment

Overview

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 their field. For some students, Honours is the culmination of their formal education while for others, it is the first step on the path to careers as professional researchers and academics.

Entry Requirements

If you commenced your degree prior to 2018: Admission to Honours requires a major in Germanic Studies with an average of 70 percent or above.

If you commenced your degree prior to 2018: please see the Handbook for the year of your enrolment for admissions requirements to Honours. You will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and a second major, prior to commencing Honours.

All students may qualify for the honours year, regardless of the language level at which they commenced.

Program Structure and Assessment

The Honours program in Germanic Studies consists of:

  1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff, and
  2. two seminars, one per semester, each of which meets for two hours per week.

The thesis should be of 18000 - 20000 words in length. Each seminar requires 6000 words of written work. The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 20%.

Thesis Supervision

Students interested in Honours should contact the Department's Honours Coordinator in the first instance 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, provides 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, Fiction and autobiography, Identity and alterity: Foreignness in contemporary German literature (e.g. Yoko Tawada, Emine Sevgi Özdamar), Late 19th and early 20th century Literature, Austrian literature (Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek, etc.) and German/Austrian and Swiss Film.
  • Dr Tristan Lay supervises in Methodology and Didactics of Foreign Languages, German as a Foreign/Second Language, Multiple Language Acquisition and Learning and Audio-visual Language Learning via film.
  • Prof Yixu Lu supervises in German literature from 18th century to the present, Media and culture in 20th century Germany, German colonialism in China, Myth and literature and Heinrich von Kleist.
  • Dr Cat Moir supervises in any aspect of German and European intellectual history from 1750 to the present.

Staff members in the German Department are delighted to discuss honours research with students interested in related topics, which are not listed above.

Scholarships

The department offers four honours scholarships each year - the Emilie M. Schweitzer Honours Scholarships in German Studies. Details of the scholarship can also be obtained from the office of the School of Languages and Cultures.

Enrolment

Enrolment is completed online. Go to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours webpage for further information on Honours and on the online application procedure.