• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Development Studies
  • Specialisation code DEST-HSPC

The Development Studies 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 development studies, 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

  1. pose a significantresearch question relating to development studies;
  2. investigate thisquestion creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, includingthrough sophisticated use of theory and methodology as appropriateto development studies, and place these investigations in the context of therelevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate theirresearch and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Other Information

Students must consult the Development Studies Honours Convenor in the selection of their methods and theory courses.

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Admission Requirements

  • a major or equivalent in one of the following:

Development Studies

Latin American Studies

International Relations

  • with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis

Cognate Disciplines

Development Studies, Latin American Studies, International Relations


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

A minimum of 12 units from completion of research training courses from the following list:

ANTH4012 Theory and Ethnography in the Analysis of Cultures

POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods

POLS4047 Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences

SOCY4010 Sociology Honours Methods Seminar

A maximum of 12 units from completion courses from the following list:

ANTH4011 History of Anthropological Theory

POLS4038 Comparative Political Institutions

POLS4039 Comparative Political Behaviour

POLS4040 Comparative Federalism

POLS4041 Special Topics in Comparative Politics

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

SOCY4009 Sociology Honours Theory Seminar

24 units from completion of any of the following compulsory course:

THES4103 Thesis

HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: S (mark x units) / S units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero

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