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

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

  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

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

Cognate Disciplines

Not applicable


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: 

POLS4012 International Cooperation

POLS4013 International Relations Theory

POLS4019 Democracy and its Discontents

POLS4020 Ethnicity and Conflict in Asia and the Pacific

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

POLS4043 Violence and Political Order

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

 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 and WN a nominal mark of zero

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