Honours in Indian Sub-continental 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.
Admission to honours requires completion of 48 senior credit points with a Credit average or above, including completion of the major in Sanskrit plus two additional units of study chosen from the the list of Buddhist Studies and Asian Studies units of study below:
- ASNS2626 Religious Traditions of South Asia
- ASNS2623 India: Tradition into Modernity
- ASNS2627 India, China, Tibet: Cultural Relations
- ASNS2620 Classical Indian Philosophy
- BDST2612 Buddhist Meditative Practices
- BDST2616 The Buddha's Words
- BDST3611 Buddhist Philosophical Traditions
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 Sanskrit consists of:
- 1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff
- 2. 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 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%. The thesis and departmental coursework topics must be chosen in consultation with the department.
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 of writing and must demonstrate both a command of a wide range of secondary source material in Indian or Buddhist studies, 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 Mark Allon has supervised Honours theses dealing with Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religion and literature, Indian thought and literature more generally, the Sanskrit, Pali, Gandhari, and Prakrit languages, Buddhism in South-east and Central Asia (besides South Asia), and Indian and Buddhist art.
In the first instance you should discuss your intention to apply for Honours with the Honours Coordinator. Students will enrol in SANS4011, 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.