International and Comparative Literary Studies


International and Comparative Literary Studies (ICLS) will provide students with a vibrant and innovative interdisciplinary program of study. Taught by staff from ten different departments covering European, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern language-based disciplines, as well as the Department of English, this rich and diverse program provides an honours program that is both personally rewarding and prepares future graduates for a range of possible career paths. Students will be equipped with cross-literary, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary knowledge, understanding and expertise needed to live, work and succeed in an increasingly global society. A literary education in particular provides important cultural insights, as literature both reflects and shapes a society's cultural and intellectual life.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

Honours in ICLS consists of a thesis of 12000-15000 words and 6000 words of written work, or its equivalent, for each seminar. Each of the three seminars meets weekly for 2 hours, for one semester. The thesis is worth 40% of the final mark, and each seminar is worth 20%. While you will receive marks for all pieces of assessment, your academic transcripts will record only your final, overall Honours mark.

Related subject areas


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