Honours coordinator:
Joshua Specht
Email: joshua.specht@monash.edu

The Honours Program involves intensive advanced study combining coursework with a research project, or dissertation, in which the student engages in independent research on an approved topic under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

For many students honours provides a stimulating and satisfying completion to their undergraduate work and for others it also offers a gateway to postgraduate research since the entry requirement for research degrees usually involves honours study to a specific level.

Students who are interested in undertaking honours should contact the International Studies Honours Coordinator (above).

 For a full-time student, the typical honours program looks like this: 

The thesis takes up 24 points of the program over two semesters:

  • Semester 1: ATS4231 Arts honours thesis A
  • Semester 2: ATS4232 Arts honours thesis B

The coursework takes up a further 24 units of the program:

  • Semester 1:  ATS4205 Methods and Topics in International Studies*  
  • Summer Semester A/Term 3/ Semester 2: Honours elective**

* This unit is compulsory for students completing their coursework in International Studies.

** This list can change from year to year, and you should confirm this with the Honours Coordinator when you apply, but it generally includes: 

  • ATS4810 Global justice: Civil and human rights after 1945
  • APG4314 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda
  • ATS4286 Final journey: Remembering the Holocaust
  • ATS4287 War and peace: Models of conflict resolution
  • ATS4367 Placement research project for honours in international studies


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Mid-year entry?

NO.  We do not offer mid-year entry in International Studies Honours, that is, all students must commence in Semester 1 of the academic year.

2. Combined honours?

YES. We do offer combined honours in International Studies, that is, in conjunction with complementary areas of study. However, students can only take either their thesis units or their coursework units in International Studies. (In other words, we do not split coursework or thesis supervisions between areas of study.)