What is Honours: Definition and 31 Discussions

Honour (British English) or honor (American English; see spelling differences) is the idea of a bond between an individual and a society as a quality of a person that is both of social teaching and of personal ethos, that manifests itself as a code of conduct, and has various elements such as valour, chivalry, honesty, and compassion. It is an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or institution such as a family, school, regiment or nation. Accordingly, individuals (or institutions) are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions with a specific code of honour, and the moral code of the society at large.
Samuel Johnson, in his A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), defined honour as having several senses, the first of which was "nobility of soul, magnanimity, and a scorn of meanness".
This sort of honour derives from the perceived virtuous conduct and personal integrity of the person endowed with it. On the other hand, Johnson also defined honour in relationship to "reputation" and "fame"; to "privileges of rank or birth", and as "respect" of the kind which "places an individual socially and determines his right to precedence". This sort of honour is often not so much a function of moral or ethical excellence, as it is a consequence of power. Finally, with respect to sexuality, honour has traditionally been associated with (or identical to) "chastity" or "virginity", or in case of married men and women, "fidelity". Some have argued that honour should be seen more as a rhetoric, or set of possible actions, than as a code.

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  1. Wrichik Basu

    Courses Choosing electives with B.Sc. Physics Honours - Maths and ....?

    I recently passed high school, and have applied to a number of colleges for B.Sc. I will study Physics Hons. Now, I have a problem with choosing electives. Obviously, Maths is compulsory with physics, so I don't have a choice there. But for the second elective, I may have a choice. "May"...
  2. AryaKimiaghalam

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  3. Avimanyu Ray

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  4. Webs

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  5. S

    Programs Should I major in this program? Pros and cons....

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  6. L

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  7. A

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  8. P

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  9. C

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    So I'm in an honours mathematics and physics BSc program. This degree is focused at those wanting to do research/graduate studies in physics and or mathematics. I'm enjoying it, but not getting 1st class... If my GPA doesn't turn out above a 3.3 or 3.5 by the end of my degree, what can I...
  10. F

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  11. M

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  12. C

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  13. T

    Programs Honours degree or Masters degree?

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  14. F

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    Hi guys, I'm just about to start university however because of some weird thing with advanced credits because I did IB, I have to declare what I want to take this year. I did a bunch of deliberation and finally settled on an Honours Physics degree. I'm wondering: what kind of job...
  15. O

    Can I acheive a first class honours?

    Hey guys, I'm doing a four year degree course in theoretical physics (British/Irish). I got a 1.1 (first class honours) in last year's examinations (74.75%), which was in second year and counted for 10% of the marks. This year I only managed 58%, which is a 2.2 (second class honours, grade 2)...
  16. O

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    NOTE: This is a very long post! Hello, I will be attending the University of Calgary next year and intend to graduate after 5 years with honours majors in Astrophysics and Applied Mathematics. I designed what my schedule would look like over the next 5 years after some painstaking effort (with...
  17. J

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  18. R

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  19. D

    Schools Getting into Grad School require honours?

    Hello everyone, On most university websites, the admission into a masters program requires a honours in BSc. Does this mean you have to graduate with honours or just a degree will do? I have been getting answers from both sides so I am not really sure. Thanks DoubleMint
  20. U

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  21. D

    McGill - Joint Honours in Mathematics and Physics

    I'm a science freshman (U0) at McGill and I can't seem to find the answer to this question on any website. I've sent it by email to my advisor, but have not got a response back yet. My question to anyone that goes or has gone to McGill is: What exactly are the requirements for entry into the...
  22. malawi_glenn

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  23. ?

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    I'm considering taking honours next year in statistics with a project in financial mathematics. I'm really looking forward to taking more classes in this area, but I have a couple of worries I'd like to air... 1. How smart do you really have to be? I think I'm above the curve, I can get high...
  24. D

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  25. S

    Programs Honours Degree vs. Bachelor of Science

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  26. M

    To do an honours program or not?

    Hi all, I just finished the first semester of my second year. I'm doing a physics & astronomy combined degree (and probably a math minor), and I'm trying to decide if I should enter the honours program or not. My hesitation is this: to be/stay in the honours program, I have to take 5...
  27. M

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  28. M

    Double Honours in Mathematics

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  29. P

    Physics or Joint Math/Physics Honours?

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  30. MathematicalPhysicist

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  31. K

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