Politics and International Relations

Semester 2 2020 unit of study availability

Some Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences units of study originally intended to run in Semester 2, 2020 are no longer available.

A full and up-to-date list of units of study available in Semester 2, 2020 from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, can be found on this webpage.
 

Politics and International Relations

Honours

The Honours track in Politics & International Relations requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 6 credit points of 4000-level core Honours seminar units
(ii) 6 credit points of 4000-level selective Honours seminar units
(iii) 36 credit points of 4000-level core Honours thesis units

Honours core seminar units of study

GOVT4111 Research Methods and Research Design

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 1500 Essay One (20%), 1x 1500 Essay Two (20%), 1x 3000 Thesis Prospectus (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the diverse theoretical and methodological approaches used by political researchers, including, for example, institutional, behavioural, discourse and feminist approaches to political inquiry, and the use of quantitative and qualitative methods. The unit develops the student's ability to meet the demands of an independent project like an Honours thesis. It will cover selecting and refining a topic, identifying research to be undertaken and planning how to do it, bibliographic searches, and writing a report or thesis.

Honours selective seminar units of study

GOVT4112 Topics in International Relations

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 1000 Essay One (20%), 1x 1000 Essay Two (20%), 1x 4000 Research Essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The seminar will provide a discussion-based setting to examine core topics in the field of international relations such as international security, international political economy, and international relations theory. Students will discuss and debate ideas, and develop analytical and research essays on topics pitched at an advanced level.
GOVT4113 Topics in Politics

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 1000 Essay One (20%), 1x 1000 Essay Two (20%), 1x 4000 Research Essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The seminar will provide a discussion-based setting to examine core topic areas in the field of politics, including public policy, political theory, and comparative politics, among others. Students will discuss and debate ideas, and develop analytical and research essays on topics pitched at an advanced level.

Honours thesis units of study

GOVT4114 Govt and Int Relations Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average Mode of delivery: Supervision
This unit is the first semester of a year-long project to complete an Honours thesis. Each student writes an 18-20000 word thesis under the supervision of a full-time member of the Government Department staff. The thesis is expected to make an original contribution to the study of politics and international relations and will count for 60 percent of the student's fourth year grade.
GOVT4115 Govt and Int Relations Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 24 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average Assessment: 1x 18000-20000 Thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Each student writes an 18-20000 word thesis under the supervision of a full-time member of the Government Department staff. The thesis is expected to make an original contribution to the study of politics and international relations and will count for 60 percent of the student's fourth year grade.