Politics Honours 4

Course code POLI4004
Available in 2017
2017 Course Timetables


POLI4004 must be studied in conjunction with POLI4001; POLI4002; and POLI4003 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.



  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


The 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.

POLI4004 is the second half of the third element, namely the research and presentation of a thesis topic. It will involve the student pursuing research for a 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.

Together with POLI4003, this course accounts for 50% of the final grade of the Politics Honours program.

Assumed Knowledge

The 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.

Assessment Items

Thesis: Final Written Thesis in collaboration with supervisor

Contact Hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Individual Supervision as required; to be arranged in consultation between student and supervisor.