Honours in International and Comparative Literary Studies

Entry Requirements and Program Structure
Assessment
Seminars
Thesis
Thesis Supervision
Enrolment
Contacts

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 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.

Entry Requirements and Program Structure

Entry into an Honours year requires completion of 48 senior credit points in the subject area with a credit average or above. At least 36 senior credit points must be from ICLS units including exchange units, and 12 senior credit points can be from non ICLS units as listed in the unit of study table. A reading knowledge of one language other than English is also required.

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.

Assessment

The Honours program in International and Comparative Literary Studies 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 - 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.

Seminars

For information on seminars being offered, contact the Honours Coordinator.

Thesis

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 relation to International and Comparative Literary studies, as well as a command of a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to the topic of the research.

The guiding principle in choosing a thesis topic is Crosscultural Literary Comparison.

Thesis Supervision

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.

Enrolment

In the first instance you should discuss your intention to apply for Honours with the Honours Coordinator. Students will enrol in ICLS4011, 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.

Contacts

The [Honours Coordinator can answer any queries relating to the Honours program.