Honours in English and Cultural Studies

Honours in English and Cultural Studies is designed to increase understanding of literature and culture through sustained and close attention to particular texts (including film), key topics and major critical and theoretical issues. In particular, you will expand and deepen your specialist knowledge gained at undergraduate level, and develop advanced-level research skills, critical skills, and knowledge of theory and praxis. You can focus your learning on areas of personal interest and inquiry through your choice of units (allowing concentration on areas as diverse as film or creative writing, theatre or poetry, Australian literature or postmodernism, or representations of Asia) and are encouraged to devise your own topic for the dissertation. The skills and attributes gained by honours students in English and Cultural Studies are especially useful for those intending to progress to language-based professions such as law, education, psychology, journalism and diplomacy, as well as to careers in the arts, broadcasting, publishing, cultural management, advertising and public relations, the civil service, teaching and public advocacy groups.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) develop advanced-level research skills that are methodologically informed; (2) articulate an independent critical position clearly in written and oral forms; (3) use highly-developed skills of analysis and critical reasoning in order to advance and defend a proposed interpretation or argument; (4) have an advanced understanding of the role played by discourses on race, class and gender in the production and reception of fictional texts; and (5) be aware of the importance of informing and challenging one's independent analyses and ideas with discriminating reading in imaginative and theoretical literature.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the English and Cultural Studies major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1ENGL4102Methodologies
Prerequisites:
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
S1, S2ENGL4140Dissertation (English and Cultural Studies) 1
S1, S2ENGL4141Dissertation (English and Cultural Studies) 2
Prerequisites:
ENGL4140 Dissertation (English and Cultural Studies) 1
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1ENGL4103Studies in Creative Writing
Prerequisites:
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
S2ENGL4104Cinema and Cultural Studies
Prerequisites:
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
S1ENGL4105Case Studies in Modern Literature
Prerequisites:
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
S1ENGL4106Emotions in the Theatre
Prerequisites:
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
or
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
S2ENGL4107Australian Literary Studies
Prerequisites:
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
S2ENGL4108Special Author Studies
Prerequisites:
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
N/AHUMA4001Feeling the Past: Emotions in History, 1100–1800
Prerequisites:
eligibility to enter Honours in the following disciplines: English and Cultural Studies; History; European Studies;
or
Medieval and Early Modern Studies;
or
eligibility to enter Master of Medieval and Early Modern Studies