• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Sociology
  • Specialisation code ENVS-HSPC

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

  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 the completion of the following course:

ENVS4001 Honours Research Skills (6-12 units)

12 units from the completion of courses on the following list:

ANIP4001Australian National Internships Program A Honours (6 units)

ANTH4011 History of Anthropological Theory (12 units)

ANTH4012 Theory and Ethnography in the Analysis of Cultures (12 units)

BIAN4010 Theory Seminar in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (12 units)

BIAN4011 Data Analysis and Methods in Biological Anthropology (6 units)

POLS4009 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 1 (6 units)

POLS4010 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2 (6 units)

SOCY4009 Sociology Honours Theory Seminar (12 units)

SOCY4010 Sociology Honours Methods Seminar (12 units)


24 units from completion of one of the following courses:

ENVS4000 Honours Thesis (6-24 units)

THES4103 Thesis (6-24 units)

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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