POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS HONOURS CORE SUBJECT

POL4PIR

2015

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject aims to develop students' higher-level understanding of Politics and International Relations, and to develop their capacity to engage in original research. The first section of the subject examines research design and research methods. The aim is to help students develop the skills they need to successfully research and write an honours thesis in Politics and International Relations. In the second section of the subject, students will study leading research from a variety of different sub-disciplines, including their primary area of interest. The aim is to ensure that students leave the subject with a strong understanding of what is required to produce first-rate research in their field of interest, and that they are familiar with some of the cutting-edge research being done across the discipline.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in AHA or AHIR, or permission from Honours Coordinator or Subject Coordinator

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must be enrolled in a relevant Honours program within Humanities and Social Sciences.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrescribed reading wil be provided to students electronically. For the most part, this will draw on literature that is already available through the library collection.PrescribedPrescribed reading wil be provided to students electronically. For the most part, this will draw on literature that is already available through the library collection.PRESCRIBED READING WIL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Produce written work that reflects a clear understanding of the principles underpinning good research design in Politics or International Relations.

Activities:
Research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

02. Produce written work that reflects a critical understanding of important issues in contemporary Politics or International Relations.

Activities:
Major essay; reflective journal/workbook
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Produce written work that reflects the capacity to engage in advanced research on an important topic in Politics or International Relations.

Activities:
Major essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Major essay (equivalent to 4000 words)50 02, 03
Research proposal (equivalent to 2400 words)30 01
Reflective journal/workbook (equivalent to 1600 words)20 02