Honours in Politics

Entry to the Honours program in Politics requires completion of a major in politics or public policy, or a significant combination of topics from both majors. Topics from the international relations major may be included as part of an application for entry to this program.

Honours offers students the opportunity to builds on their earlier studies and significantly improves employment prospects, particularly with the State and Commonwealth public service. Honours also acts as an important avenue for post-graduate study [Masters and Doctoral programs] and, with a good honours result, qualification for Flinders and Commonwealth scholarships.

Honours is focused on developing students independent research, under the supervision of an academic you choose to work with. Honours opens the opportunity to demonstrate high level scholarly endeavor in at least one of the following fields: Australian politics and public policy; political theory and political philosophy; public and environmental policy and comparative politics.  The Honours program entails an 18,000 word thesis and four topics chosen from the program list which includes the Parliamentary and Cabinet Office Internships.

Why do honours in Politics?

  • It will deepen your knowledge of those areas of politics you most enjoyed studying during your first degree
  • A good overall Honours grade will demonstrate to employers your capacity for critical thinking, research, and writing and, most importantly, your capacity to work independently
  • It opens pathways to research higher degree study (Masters and PhD)
  • Most of all Honours is a great learning experience and great personal challenge

Students construct their honours program from the topic offerings and choose a supervisor for their honours thesis in consultation with the Politics Honours Coordinator. It is best to make contact with the Honours Coordinator in the semester before you plan to commence study.

Honours in Public Policy

Entry to the Public Policy Honours Honours requires completion of the Public Policy Major. The study program shares similar aims and structure as the Honours in Politics program [see above outline] but with a greater focus on policy research. With a good honours result a student qualifies for Flinders and Commonwealth scholarships to support post graduate study and be well positioned for acceptance into State or Commonwealth employment.

Students in this program are encouraged to enroll in either the Cabinet or Parliamentary Internship topics.

Why do honours in Public Policy?

  • it will deepen your knowledge of those areas of public policy you most enjoyed studying during your first degree,
  • a good overall Honours grade will demonstrate to employers your capacity for critical thinking, research, and writing and, most importantly, your capacity to work independently,
  • it opens pathways to research higher degree study (Masters and PhD),
  • honours is a great learning experience and great personal challenge.

Students construct their honours program from the topic offerings and choose a supervisor for their honours thesis in consultation with the Honours Coordinator. It is best to make contact with the Honours Coordinator in the semester before you plan to commence study.

Contact

Politics and Public Policy Honours Convenor
Associate Professor Haydon Manning
Email: haydon.manning@flinders.edu.au

 

Honours in International Relations

Entry to the Honours program in International Relations requires completion of the Bachelor of International Relations, or another qualification which the College Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree.

Honours in International Relations builds upon the educational experience that students have received by undertaking a major in one of several specialisations offered in the Bachelor of International Relations. The objectives and learning outcomes of the Honours year further enhance those undertaken for each major, but differ in this respect: that students are expected to demonstrate a high level capacity for independent and original research in their chosen field of Honours specialisation, to be displayed through advanced research essays and the completion of an Honours level thesis of 15-18,000 words.