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Honours - Area of Study

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Campus(es)Clayton

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

English honours is a year of transformation and the culmination of your undergraduate studies. Through a rewarding and challenging program of inquiry, you will significantly extend the knowledge and skills you have developed over the course of your undergraduate degree. In particular, you will develop your capacity for independent research, critical thinking, and high-level research and analysis. English honours is an excellent preparation for a wide-range of professional pathways and graduate study.

Intending honours students

Intending honours students are encouraged to consult as early as possible with the fourth-year honours coordinator in planning their major sequence. They should choose units providing them with:

  • an understanding of the nature and construction of the discipline, including its historical and contemporary forms
  • a familiarity with a range of literary genres across a broad historical and cultural spectrum
  • an understanding of contemporary and historical modes of literary and critical theory.

In particular, intending honours students who wish to undertake a creative writing thesis are strongly encouraged to enrol in either:

  • ATS2517/ATS3517 Introduction to fiction writing
  • ATS2518/ATS3518 Advanced fiction writing.
  • ATS2508/ATS3508 Introduction to poetry writing
  • ATS2509/ATS3509 Advanced poetry writing.

Further information about the English honours program can be obtained from the English honours coordinator: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/future/honours/contactus.php#english

Units

Students are required to complete 48 points of study including a thesis, a compulsory coursework unit and one elective coursework unit. Students may also be required to attend a short methodology course.

The coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the English honours coordinator; contact details available at http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ecps/current/honours.

Thesis

Students complete one of the following options:

Coursework units

Students complete the following units:

Compulsory unit

  • ATS4002 Honours research methods seminar

Elective units

One of:

  • ATS4265 Poetics
  • ATS4270 Writing the child
  • ATS4274 Literary theory and aesthetics
  • ATS4275 Drama of the age of Shakespeare
  • ATS4276 Exotic erotic other: World writing in English
  • ATS4235 ECPS Selected topics in theory and practice
  • a maximum of 12 points at fourth-year level from another discipline and/or institution with the permission of the English honours coordinator

Intending honours students are encouraged to consult as early as possible with the fourth-year honours coordinator in planning their major sequence. They should choose units providing them with:

  • an understanding of the nature and construction of the discipline, including its historical and contemporary forms
  • a familiarity with a range of literary genres across a broad historical and cultural spectrum
  • an understanding of contemporary and historical modes of literary and critical theory.

In particular, intending honours students who wish to undertake a creative writing thesis are strongly encouraged to enrol in ATS2517/ATS3517 Introduction to Fiction Writing and ATS2518/ATS3518 Advanced Fiction Writing.

Contact details

Relevant courses

  • 0003 Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts
  • 0082 Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws