Politics Honours 3

Course code POLI4003Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

POLI4003 must be studied in conjunction with POLI4001; POLI4002; 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, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
1. detailed understanding of specific issues and concepts relating to an aspect of their chosen field of political science study;
2. detailed knowledge of materials and sources relating to these issues;
3. an ability to undertake extended research at Honours level through the planning, preparation and submission of a research based thesis;
4. skills in critical analysis appropriate for Honours level activity.
ContentThe Honours program in Politics consists of three inter-related elements which are designed to provide the student the opportunity to explore in greater depth interests developed during their undergraduate degree. POLI4003 is one half of the third element, namely the research and presentation of a thesis topic. It will involve the student undertaking work for a research thesis with an appropriate supervisor on a topic within their chosen field of political science. The student will be required to undertake independent research, guided where appropriate by directed readings, consultation and feedback from an assigned supervisor.
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 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 MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)This course will not attract a grade but students may be required to maintain a reading log, and will be required to meet regularly with their supervisor and demonstrate progress in their thesis research.
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: 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 POLI4003