The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

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.

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.

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

Written Assignment: Draft thesis chapters in collaboration with supervisor

Presentation: Oral Presentation of Research Proposal

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

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.