• Total units 48 Units
  • Specialisation code ENVS-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Environmental Studies Honours Specialisation gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of environmental studies, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically a thesis of up to 20,000 words, that develops new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. pose a significant research question relating to environmental studies;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of theory and methodology as appropriate to environmental studies, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

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Admission Requirements

A major or equivalent in Environmental Studies or Geography or Anthropology; and

With the written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis


This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of ENVS4001 Honours Research Skills

12 units from completion of courses on the following list

ANIP4001 Australian National Internships Program Honours Internship A

ANTH4011 History of Anthropological Theory

ANTH4012 Theory and Ethnography in the Analysis of Cultures

ARCH4001 An Introduction to Cultural and Environmental Heritage

ARCH4002 Archaeology Honours Research Seminar

ARCH4004 Frameworks for Archaeological Science

BIAN4010 Theory Seminar in Biological Anthropology

BIAN4011 Data Analysis and Methods in Biological Anthropology

POLS4009 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 1

POLS4010 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2

SOCY4009 Sociology Honours Theory Seminar

SOCY4010 Sociology Honours Methods Seminar


24 units from completion of one of the following courses:

ENVS4000 Honours Thesis

THES4103 Thesis

Students whose (principal) supervisor is in the College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment or the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences enrol in ENVS4000; students whose supervisor is based in any of the other ANU Colleges enrol in THES4103.

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