Arts and Social Sciences (Postgraduate) Handbook 2019

The Arts and Social Sciences faculty offers you a suite of postgraduate courses and research areas developed in consultation with leaders in their field.

Studying with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will give you access to a vibrant, academically rigorous community including the schools and departments School of Economics, School of Languages and Cultures, School of Literature, Art and Media, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work and the United States Studies Centre.

The handbook provides you with the rules and requirements of your degree and its components – core and elective units, specialisations, and capstone units. It should be read in conjunction with the advice found in your Sydney Student Unit of study selection screens. While online systems will help ensure you meet these rules and requirements, it is also expected that you are familiar with these so you can make informed enrolment decisions accordingly.

How to use this handbook

An understanding of the information in this handbook will allow you to make more informed choices about your study at the University of Sydney. It will:

  • ensure that you have the information necessary to make informed course and unit of study choices
  • ensure that you understand the rules that both govern and ensure your successful academic progress toward graduating at the end of your degree.
  • Most of the information presented under the headings down the left of the web page will provide you with the information necessary to make course and unit of study choices. These choices will enable you to attain a holistic and well-rounded understanding of your disciplinary area of interest, so that you may fulfil your academic and vocational ambitions.

    These headings show multiple areas of study, research as well as governance relating to your study options. The menu sets under each area of study consist of general information about the courses, units of study on offer as well as course rules.

    Students and professionals seeking to further develop their skills in a particular are of study in order to meet professional requirements may apply to undertake individual units of study as non-award students.