• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Specialisation code IRH-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The International Relations Honours Specialisation gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of international relations, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically a thesis of up to 20,000 words, that develops new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. pose a significant research question relating to international relations;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to international relations, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

1. a major or equivalent in one of the following:

Human Rights
International Relations
Latin American Studies

2. with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis



This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

36 units from completion of the following course(s):

POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods
THES4103 Thesis

12 units from the following list:

MEAS4113 The Gulf Strategic Environment
MEAS4115 Islam in World Politics
MEAS4116 Authoritarianism, Democratisation and Protest in the Muslim Middle East
POLS4010 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2
POLS4012 International Cooperation
POLS4013 International Relations Theory
POLS4021 Civilian Protection in Conflict and Post Conflict Zones
POLS4027 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
POLS4031 Globalisation: Theories, Issues, Debates
POLS4032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics
POLS4036 Human Rights and Human Responsibility
POLS4047 Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences

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