Government and International Relations


Government and International Relations offers systematic and extended study in all major aspects of government and politics in the many forms each takes. It covers national, comparative, and international. It focuses on Australian politics: parties, federalism, elections, and the like; it considers regional relations with particular reference to Asia and the Pacific; it examines the international systems of state and other actors in international relations.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

The Honours year in Government and International Relations involves the completion of:
a 3000 word bibliographic essay, submitted in semester one;
two Honours seminars, both undertaken during semester one and each with 6000 words of assessable work; and
an 18,000 word thesis which is due in October. Honours is a single unified program. While you receive marks for all pieces of assessment, your academic transcript will record only your final, overall Honours mark. The thesis (including the preliminary bibliographic essay) is worth 60% of the final mark, and the two seminars are worth 20% each.

Related subject areas

Economics, Political Economy

Our courses that offer this honours subject area