Honours - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study 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 area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
CoordinatorDr Patrick Spedding


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


Honours studies in this area will advance students' knowledge and competencies in the discipline of literary studies.

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising a thesis, a compulsory coursework unit and one elective coursework unit. The coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the literary studies honours coordinator.



Students complete one of the following options:

  • ATS4230 Arts honours thesis (24 points)
  • ATS4231 Arts honours thesis A (12 points) and ATS4232 Arts honours thesis B (12 points)

Coursework units

Students must complete:

plus one of the following units:

  • ATS4137 Special reading unit 1 (Honours)
  • ATS4265 Poetics
  • ATS4274 Literature and aesthetics
  • ATS4275 Drama of the age of Shakespeare
  • ATS4276 Exotic erotic other: World writing in English
  • 12 points at fourth-year level from another discipline and/or institution with the permission of the literary studies honours coordinator

Intending honours students

Intending honours students are encouraged to consult as early as possible with the literary studies honours coordinator in planning their major. Students 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 complete the following units in their major:

  • ATS2508 Introduction to poetry writing
  • ATS2517 Introduction to fiction writing
  • ATS3509 Advanced poetry writing
  • ATS3518 Advanced fiction writing

Contact details

Relevant courses

0003 Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts