single degree

Bachelor of Political Science (Honours)

A single one year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BPLSC
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HPLSC
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 086220K
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HPLSC
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 086220K
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Political Science (Honours) 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:

POLS4038 Comparative Political Institutions

POLS4039 Comparative Political Behaviour

POLS4040 Comparative Federalism

POLS4041 Special Topics in Comparative Politics

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods 12 units 12 unit list course 6 units 12 unit list course 6 units -
THES4103 24 units - - -

Admission Requirements

AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Political Science from the ANU, or equivalent from another institution, completed within the last two years:

With a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL), excluding 1000-level courses, with the highest marks, which must include 18 units from the following courses which are compulsory in the Bachelor of Political Science:
POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis,
POLS2119 Ideas in Politics; and

One course from the minimum 6 units list

And with the written approval of an identified supervisor for THES4103 Thesis

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Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$43,344.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Bachelor of Political Science (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Political Science, it 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 political science, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically a 20,000 word thesis, that leads to the development of new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

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

Inherent Requirements

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