Indian Sub-Continental Studies offers study in language and non-language areas, introducing traditional and modern cultures, religions (especially Hinduism and Buddhism), history, literature, politics and social structures of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan) as well as Tibet. Language-based units of study devoted to traditional and modern Indian culture and society, religious and philosophical traditions are taught as part of the Asian Studies program.

The study of the Sanskrit language is central to the Indian Studies program. It is the language of the Hindu scriptures, and much Buddhist and Jain literature. It is also the language of a huge body of Indian poetry, drama, epics, law books, as well as political and scientific literature.

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 Indian Sub-Continental Studies consists of a thesis of 18000-20000 words and 6000 words of written work, or it?s equivalent, for each seminar. Each of the two seminars meets weekly for 2 hours, for one semester. The thesis is worth 60% of the final mark, and each seminar is worth 20%. Please note that Honours is not available in Hindi or Urdu. While you will receive marks for all pieces of assessment, your academic transcripts will record only your final, overall Honours mark.

Related subject areas

Asian Studies

Our courses that offer this honours subject area