• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Asian Languages, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Specialisation code ASPA-HSPC

Asia-Pacific Studies Honours is an opportunity to explore and demonstrate your potential as a researcher. An Honours degree represents a critical gateway to graduate research programs, and enhances employment prospects in areas such as graduate traineeships. During the first semester, coursework provides the tools necessary to refine the thesis topic and approach. The second semester is devoted to completing a 20,000-word thesis, on a topic of your choice. Close mentoring through a dedicated thesis supervisor and assistance from the program convener is further enhanced by the experience of working closely within a small cohort of fellow students.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Pose a significant research question relating to Asia-Pacific studies;

  2. Investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to the discipline, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and

  3. Communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Other Information

Students should note that this specialisation is only available for Semester 1 commencement.

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Admission Requirements

1.   A major or equivalent in one of the following:

Asian Studies

Asian History

Asia and Pacific Culture, Media and Gender

Chinese Language

Chinese Studies

Hindi Language

India Studies

Indonesian Language

Indonesian Studies

Japanese Language

Japanese Studies

Korean Language

Korean Studies

Northeast Asian Studies

Pacific Studies

Political Science

Sanskrit Language

Southeast Asian Studies

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

2.   Written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis

3.   Written approval of the CAP ADSE for the research project. 



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

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ASIA4001 - Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific Culture, History and Languages (12 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ANTH4011 - History of Anthropological Theory Extended (12 units)

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

ARTH4017 - Methodologies of Art History (12 units)

CLAS4006 - Classical Studies: Methods and Evidence (12 units)

ENGL4021 - Creative Reading: Topics in Theory, Methodology and Interpretation (6 units)

HIST4011 - Seminar in Advanced Historiography (12 units)

HIST4013 - Key Issues in History (12 units)

LANG4004 - Research Tools in Advanced Language Studies (12 units)

LING4100 - Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics (6 units)

LING4106 - Advanced Readings in Linguistics (6 units)

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

POLS4011 - Research Training: Scope and Methods (12 units)

POLS4044 - Qualitative Research in Politics (6 units)

POLS4047 - Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences (6 units)

SOCY4009 - Sociology Honours Theory Seminar (12 units)

SOCY4010 - Sociology Honours Methods Seminar (12 units)

24 - 36 units from the completion of the following:

THES4502 - Thesis (36 units)

or THES4501 - Thesis (24 units)

In exceptional circumstances, where no course on this list is appropriate for a particular Honours emphasis, or only a single 6-unit one is selected, the student may apply for ADSE approval to substitute up to an additional 12 units of THES4501/THES4502 in lieu of coursework. This substitution may also involve additional thesis requirements, such as a larger word count. Such substitutions may be particularly appropriate for language-intensive thesis work.

36 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific Culture, History and Languages 12
STST4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Security Studies 12

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
THES4502 Thesis 6-36
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