Honours is an extra year of study available to high-achieving students that combines aspects of undergraduate study with post-graduate research. An honours degree introduces advanced research training and skills through the completion of a thesis or a creative or practice-based research project.

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If you’re interested in applying for Honours, please download the Expression of Interest Form and email it to Dr Paul Dawson. Please note this form only registers your interest in Honours and is not an official application form.

For more information on requirements and how to apply visit the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Honours page.

Honours Expression of Interest Form 

Honours Scholarships

The School of the Arts & Media offers a scholarship of $5000 to the applicant with the highest WAM (Weighted Average Mark) in each Honours subject area, with the minimum WAM set at 80.

There are six scholarships available, one in each of the following areas: 

  • Creative Writing 
  • Dance or Theatre and Performance Studies 
  • English Literary Studies 
  • Film Studies 
  • Media and Communications 
  • Music Studies 

Students who wish to be considered for an Honours scholarship should register their interest with the School Honours Convenor at the time of application.

2020 SAM Honours Bursary Scheme Topics & Supervisors

Paul Dawson 

  1. Creative experiments with narrative voice 
  2. Creative Writing as an academic discipline: history, theory, pedagogy 
  3. Fictional encounters with and remediations of social media 
  4. Poetry and social protest 

Mette Jakobsen 

  1. Writing trauma 
  2. The use of humour in fiction 

Paul Dawson 

  1. The novel after postmodernism (the new sincerity, reality hunger, autofiction, the age of digital media, etc) 
  2. Fictional truth and the rise of the novel (the historical relationship of realism and metafiction to the category of fictionality) 
  3. The historical development of narrative form (i.e. second person narration, free indirect discourse, metalepsis, etc) 

Sean Pryor 

  1. Capitalism and literature 
  2. What is poetry and what is it good for? 
  3. The place of poetry in the contemporary world 

Greg Dolgopolov 

  1. Film Festivals - programming, curatorship, logistics and community change - shaping communities, national cinemas, multicultural arts and ethnic communities, multiculturalism; short films, national and international film festival research 
  2. Film Production - how to produce a short film - practice and theory 
  3. Crime - Australian and Russian film and TV representations of crime - crime capers, crime comedy, true crime, gangsters, genre cinema 
  4. Australian Film and TV - as a national cinema and industrial and distribution aspects 
  5. VR - affect and cinema, VR and storytelling 
  6. Film Stars - national cinemas and film stars 
  7. Film Cultures - cultural change mediated by cinema 
  8. Film Distribution - industrial issues - exhibition, distribution, film practices 

Jane Mills 

  1. Paracinema 
  2. Transnationalism & local, national, universal connections 
  3. Cosmopolitanism 
  4. Outsider/insider perspectives 
  5. Hospitality and hostility 
  6. Otherness and representations of the ‘other’ 
  7. Borders, border-crossings & borderlands 
  8. First Nation Cinemas 

Valentina Baú 

  1. Communication for Social Change and Refugees: An analysis of the Australian experience 
  2. Refugees telling their stories: An assessment of Settlement Services International & CuriousWorks’ video project 

Collin Chua 

  1. Cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship 
  2. Creative destruction and the contemporary media landscape 
  3. Digital media and the attention economy 
  4. Media, philosophy, politics 

Kerrie Davies 

  1. Literary journalism 
  2. Life Writing 

Tanja Dreher 

  1. Media and social justice 
  2. Media, racism and anti-racism 
  3. Community, alternative and activist media 
  4. Data justice 
  5. Indigenous media 
  6. Feminist media studies 

Ramiswami Harindranath 

  1. Social media and informal networks 
  2. Digital technologies and decoloniality 

Michael Kent 

  1. Dialogue / Engagement 
  2. Social Media / New Technology 
  3. Intercultural/International Communication 
  4. Metaphor 
  5. Ethics 
  6. Issues Management 
  7. Thanatology/Eschatology 

Michael Richardson 

  1. Drones as media technologies 
  2. Media witnessing 

Michael Hooper 

"Compositional temporalities: composing tradition; ‘remembering the future’; composition as analysis..." 

It is a cliché to say that music is a 'temporal art,’ or a ‘succession of nows,’ and that it takes place ‘in the moment.’ How, then, are musical traditions composed? And how does music imagine a future? This (creative) project begins with some instances of composers thinking again about musical temporalities, such as Peter Maxwell Davies’ formal reuse of the Mulliner book, Luciano Berio’s homages, and Julian Anderson’s devotional listening in the Book of Hours. 

Adam Hulbert/Emery Schubert 

Consider R. Murray Schafer's (1993) claim that "we have no earlids." What are the implications of this during sleep? In particular, how can music or sound be composed to support sleeping (and dreaming) in children. 

Emery Schubert 

Topic: Music performance anxiety 

Music performance anxiety can have debilitating effects on performers. Which cognitive based approaches have worked in managing performance anxiety, which ones have not, and why? 


Jonathan Bollen or Caroline Wake

Topic: Performance, document, history 

Conduct some research into the Stables theatre, home of the Griffin Theatre Company, for the upcoming 50th anniversary, or Performance Space for their upcoming 35th; 
OR Conduct research into a particular performance or company in archives such as Sydney University, State Library, etc; 
OR Carry out a data visualisation project, using the data held by AusStage. 

Meg Mumford, Caroline Wake, Bryoni Trezise, Erin Brannigan 

Topic: Performance, professionals and amateurs 

What are some of the ways participants without prior institutional training have been used in either theatre or dance? What have been some of the key impacts? 

– Students in theatre could look at either historical or contemporary theatres of the real e.g. documentary theatre, verbatim theatre, or real people on stage, depending on their interest. 
– Students in performance could consider relational and post-relational aesthetics on stage, in the gallery and elsewhere. 
– Students in dance could consider the impact of ‘untrained’ choreographers in early 21st-century work. 

Meg Mumford, Caroline Wake, Bryoni Trezise, Erin Brannigan, Theron Schmidt

Topic: Performance Analysis, Sydney Festival 2020 

Prepare either a close reading, a thick description, or a performance review of 1–2 theatre, dance or performance events in the Sydney Festival 2020, situating the event/s within international developments in contemporary performance practice and/or current debates in theatre, dance or performance studies. 

Bryoni Trezise, Erin Brannigan 

Topic: Practising performance 

From the basis of your own developing performance practice, or by researching the working methods of a contemporary performance practitioner or choreographer of your choice (or both!), identify some of the ways in which performance practices and processes might offer an aesthetics that is counter to, or resistive of, the demands of an increasingly performance-focussed society, even if only in some small way. 

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