To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements of the degree in which you are enrolled:

To qualify for Honours in Government and International Relations a student must complete satisfactorily 36 units of study as specified below. The program requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time.

Course aims

Honours in Government and International Relations builds upon the educational experience that students have received by undertaking a major in International Relations, Politics, Public Policy or American Studies in either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of International Relations.

The objectives and learning outcomes of the Honours year are consonant with those of the undergraduate degrees, but differ in this respect: that students are expected to demonstrate a high level capacity for independent and original research, to be displayed through advanced research essays and the completion of an Honours level thesis of 15-18,000 words.

The Honours Course aims to produce graduates who have acquired an understanding of:

  • the key political, social, economic, strategic, historical and cultural relationships within the international system and the global community that have made the modern world
  • foreign policy, diplomacy, war and other forms of military action, political economy and other modes of interaction between the countries, economies and peoples of the world and the theories that seek to explain them
  • Australia's place and role within the Asian region and globally
  • an understanding of societies, cultures and alternative systems of governance throughout the world, especially those parts that are of particular significance to Australia
  • the impact of globalisation and environmental challenges on international transactions and perspectives.

Learning outcomes

Graduates with Honours in Government and International Relations should be able to:

  • communicate in a professional and culturally aware manner through high quality written analytical and oral presentational skills
  • confidently adapt to challenges in different workplace environments
  • demonstrate a developed skill set that allows them to contribute effectively to specific specialist areas of Political Science, taken broadly to include politics, public policy, international relations, foreign policy, political theory, international political economy, studies of other countries, and societies and governance structures
  • apply their professional knowledge to the formulation of policies, the provision of policy advice, the preparation of political and policy analyses, and the undertaking of policy research and evaluation in the field of Political Science
  • apply analytical and research skills suitable for higher study or employment in the field of Political Science, including political, social and political economic analysis, normative evaluation, archival and historical research, documentary and data interpretation, and bibliographic compilation
  • be well-equipped for graduate-entry employment positions, especially within the public sector and in organisations with a public policy or international focus.

Program of study

Students undertake 18 units of thesis and 18 units of coursework topics.

Honours - Government and International Relations - Thesis topics

Select 18 units from the topics listed below

 INTR7015  International Relations Honours Thesis (18 units)  
 INTR7015A  International Relations Honours Thesis (4.5/18)  
 INTR7015B  International Relations Honours Thesis (4.5/18)  
 INTR7015C  International Relations Honours Thesis (4.5/18)  
 INTR7015D  International Relations Honours Thesis (4.5/18)  

Honours - Government and International Relations - Option topics

Select 18 units from the topics listed below

 AMST7007  Studies in American Social Criticism: Part 1  (4.5 units)
 AMST7008  Studies in American Social Criticism: Part 2  (4.5 units)
 AMST7009  The State and Social Movements in Modern America  (4.5 units)
 AMST7016  Honours Internship Program: Washington DC  (9 units)
 HIST7010  Guns and Butter: The United States in the Long 1960s  (4.5 units)
 INTR7002  Debating International Relations  (9 units)
 INTR7007  International Human Rights  (4.5 units)
 INTR7017  From Topic to Thesis: Honours Workshop  (4.5 units)
 INTR7018  Advanced Research in History and International Relations  (4.5 units)
 POLI7004  The Politics of Climate Change  (4.5 units)
 POLI7006  Key Issues in Australian Politics  (4.5 units)
 POLI7007  Political Philosophy  (4.5 units)
 POLI7010  South Australian Cabinet Office Internship  (9 units)
 POLI7011  Honours Individual Supervised Study  (4.5 units)
 POLI7012  Parliamentary Internship (4.5 units)*
 POLI7031  Research Practices and Principles (4.5 units)

*POLI7012  Parliamentary Internship may not be undertaken if completed POLI3007 South Australian Parliamentary Internship