courses

4087

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBSocSci(Hons)
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (South Africa)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/4087
Contact details

Prospective students office: inquiries@monash.ac.za or www.monash.ac.za

Notes

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

Description

Honours is a prestigious program comprising a fourth year of coursework and research after the completion of a relevant undergraduate pass degree. Students choose a topic and undertake research working with a carefully selected supervisor who provides individual guidance and academic counselling.

Honours studies may be taken as single honours (a single discipline over one year of full-time study), double honours (two disciplines over two years of full-time study) or combined honours (two disciplines over one year of full-time study).

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://opvclt.monash.edu.au/curriculum-by-design/aligning-course-outcomes-with-aqf-bologna.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • construct a topical argument pertaining to a concept relevant to the field of study and display the ability to logically analyse and synthesise knowledge
  • critically debate the current understanding of theoretical concepts/frameworks, potentially leading to a new and greater understanding of said concepts/frameworks, theory and practice
  • develop and communicate a new understanding of the world as a set of related problem focused systems by exercising critical thinking and judgement
  • work and communicate with others as a member of a multi-disciplinary team when studying theoretical perspectives of the field of specialisation
  • design and conduct an independent research project in the specialised area of study, demonstrating a broad understanding of a body of knowledge with evidence of advanced understanding in some areas
  • develop and communicate to various audiences a clear and coherent case pertaining to a topic in the field of specialisation
  • contribute to knowledge in the specialised area by gathering, consolidating, interpreting and reviewing relevant data and revealing relationships between various concepts
  • independently apply theoretical knowledge of the specialised area to complex problems and suggest possible solutions.

Entry requirements

Students must have:

  • completed a degree, with a major (48 points or equivalent) in the intended honours discipline
  • obtained at least a distinction average (70 per cent) in the honours discipline(s) to the value of 24 points at second and third-year level, of which at least 18 points must be at third-year level.

Contact the relevant school for any additional or special requirements.

Students qualified to enter an honours program must normally do so within five years of the date on which they completed their undergraduate studies.

Structure

Students, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in the student's chosen discipline, including attending and/or presenting at seminars, undertaking any required coursework studies and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of a specified length on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners.

Areas of study

Requirements

Refer to 'Areas of study' for discipline-specific requirements.

Combined honours

Combined honours may be undertaken, provided that all honours requirements have been met in both disciplines. Application to undertake combined honours must be made with the support of the school honours coordinators of both disciplines. Combined honours normally take the form of a joint dissertation (50 per cent in each discipline) alongside coursework chosen from the two component disciplines.

Award(s)

Honours degree of Bachelor of Social Science