Politics Honours 1

Course code POLI4001Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

POLI4001 must be studied in conjunction with POLI4002; POLI4003; and POLI4004 and together constitute the full Honours program in Politics. The Politics Honours program is the culmination of undergraduate teaching in the discipline of Politics. It enables students who have distinguished themselves in Politics at the undergraduate level to continue advanced studies in politics and political analysis. As such it forms an introduction to the world of international scholarship and research. The principal teaching style will be through seminar studies and thesis supervision.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
1. the scholarly skills necessary for the conceptualisation, design, research and presentation of a substantive piece of political analysis;
2. a detailed knowledge of materials and sources and a contextualised understanding of advanced political analysis;
3. an appreciation of the scope and methodological debates within political science and cognate disciplines, including an awareness of the complexity of relevant theoretical and philosophical views informing the discipline skills in performing a critical/analytical task in a humanities area at honours level;
4. the research and reasoning skills necessary for advanced work in the humanities and social sciences;
5. written and oral communication skills appropriate for a professional scholarly environment;
6. ability to write a research essay at honours level.
ContentThe Honours program in Politics consists of two inter-related elements, coursework and thesis, which are designed to provide the student the opportunity to explore in greater depth interests developed during their undergraduate degree. The coursework component is provided jointly by POLI4001 and POLI 4002, both of which provide analysis of two advanced specialist topics in political science. These topics, which may vary from year to year depending on staff availability and student demand, will give students the opportunities to engage with the most recent research debates in the respective sub-fields of political science. As part of the specialist topic in POLI4001 (and POLI4002) students will undertake up to five weeks of research methodology to be followed by up to seven weeks of topic specific study. POLI4001 will contribute 25% towards the total Honours mark.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThe Politics Honours program requires successful completion of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent, with a major in Politics or a field relevant to their proposed Honours study and at least a credit average in the field in their undergraduate program.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Assessment by written assignments such as essays, literature reviews.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for POLI4001