Monash University

Honours - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 English, Communications and Performance Studies


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


Students are required to complete 48 points of study including a thesis, a compulsory coursework unit and one elective coursework unit. Students may also be required to attend a short methodology course.

The coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the English honours coordinator.



Students complete one of the following options:

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

Coursework units

Students complete the following units:

Compulsory unit

  • ATS4002 Honours research methods seminar

Elective units

One of:

  • ATS4235 ECPS selected topics in theory and practice
  • ATS4265 Poetics
  • ATS4270 Writing the child
  • ATS4274 Literature and aesthetics
  • ATS4275 Drama of the age of Shakespeare
  • ATS4276 Exotic erotic other: World writing in English
  • a maximum of 12 points at fourth-year level from another discipline and/or institution with the permission of the English honours coordinator

Intending honours students

Intending honours students are encouraged to consult as early as possible with the fourth-year honours coordinator in planning their major sequence. They 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 enrol in:

  • ATS2508/ATS3508 Introduction to poetry writing
  • ATS2509/ATS3509 Advanced poetry writing
  • ATS2517/ATS3517 Introduction to fiction writing and
  • ATS2518/ATS3518 Advanced fiction writing.

Contact details

Relevant courses

  • 0003 Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts
  • 0082 Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws