UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Political Science and International Relations

Honours in Political Science and International Relations provides an opportunity to study political science and international relations in both greater depth and greater scope than is possible in earlier undergraduate years. It is designed to develop an enhanced knowledge base in the discipline, together with analytical and research skills appropriate to the advanced study of politics. If you wish to have the option of postgraduate research, an honours degree (or its equivalent) is essential. Honours is academically rather than vocationally oriented, yet many students have found this degree to be useful in their subsequent careers. Employers are increasingly aware that an honours degree signifies a higher level of attainment than a three-year degree. For those of our recent graduates who have gone to work for Commonwealth and State public services, parliament or members of parliament, non-governmental organisations, public relations agencies and media organisations, the degree has proven of direct vocational use.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) have coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and concepts in political science and international relations; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in political science and international relations; (3) have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in political science and international relations; and (4) have the technical skills to design and implement an original research project in political sciences and international relations.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Political Science and International Relations major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2POLS4140Dissertation (Politics and International Relations) 1None
S1, S2POLS4141Dissertation (Politics and International Relations) 2Prerequisites: POLS4140 Dissertation (Politics and International Relations) 1
S1, S2SOCS4100Honours Research SkillsIncompatibility: COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
NSSOCS5005Social Research EthicsNone
Group A—take 6 points from Group A.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
NSLAWS5214Public PolicyNone
NSPOLS5661Foundations of International RelationsIncompatibility: POLS8606 Theory and Method in International Relations; POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches; POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding
NSPOLS5672Critical Perspectives in International DevelopmentNone
Group B—take 6 points from Group B.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
N/APOLS5503Public AdministrationNone
S2POLS5505Regulation and GovernanceNone
NSPOLS5611Religion, Global Identities and World PoliticsIncompatibility: POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
NSPOLS5612World Politics: Muslims in the WestIncompatibility: POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
NSPOLS5631International Relations of the Asia–PacificIncompatibility: POLS8603 International Relations in the Asia–Pacific Region; POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers and POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
NSPOLS5641International SecurityIncompatibility: POLS8604 Problems of International Security and POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
NSPOLS5651Global Political EconomyIncompatibility: POLS8605 States and International Political Economy; POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
NSPOLS5671Peace and Security in AfricaNone
NSPOLS5681Governance in the International SystemNone
NSPOLS5683US Foreign PolicyNone
NSPOLS5684China and the WorldNone
N/APOLS5685Security and Crisis in the Asia-PacificIncompatibility: POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers and POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
N/APOLS5686International Norms, Ethics and Human RightsNone
N/APOLS5687Global Social MovementsNone
NSPOLS5688The Evolution of International SocietyIncompatibility: POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
N/ASOCS4001Religion and DevelopmentNone
S2SOCS5001Engaging Cultural DifferenceNone
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and DevelopmentNone
NSSOCS5013Gender in Development: Approaches and IssuesNone
NSSOCS5501EvaluationNone
S1SOCS5502Conservation, Development and SustainabilityNone