The honours year in Sociology offers students the opportunity to gain greater depth in their understanding of core aspects of Sociology, and to undertake a first independent piece of sociological research. It provides intensive training in sociological theory and research methods and their application. Honours is the primary route to post-graduate study in Sociology, but it also provides significant advantages in the job market for students not intending to proceed to further study.
An honours degree certifies to employers that a job applicant has research training and capacities, and conceptual skills well beyond those to be expected from an applicant with only a 3 year ‘pass’ degree. This is why Honours graduates are generally more likely to find jobs and to have higher starting salaries than ‘pass’ graduates.
Although the honours year is intensive and demanding, most students also find it very rewarding. Students choose their own honours thesis topic, with the help of a supervisor, guided primarily by their own interests. The opportunity to pursue an area of research interest using the skills accumulated over three years of undergraduate training is always an exciting new challenge, and many students discover in themselves capabilities and pleasures in research of which they were not aware previously.
Entry to the honours year is based on academic merit. It requires that students have completed at least 30 units of second and/or third level topics at CR level or better (not necessarily in Sociology), including at least 6 units (one topic) at DN level or better in Sociology.
The honours year consists of three honours topics (18 units) and an Honours thesis (18 units). It may be taken full-time, or part-time over two years (the coursework in the first year and the thesis in the second year).
More information about the honours year may be obtained from the Honours Convener, Eduardo de la Fuente.