Closing dates for Honours applications in the School of Political and Social Inquiry
Semester 1 commencement - 30 November
Semester 2 commencement (Politics & International Relations only) - 30 June
Honours in the School of Political and Social Inquiry
The School of Political and Social Inquiry offers Honours as both a full time (1 year) and part time* (2 years) course in our six specialist programs. It involves in-depth coursework units combined with the completion of an individual research project supervised by an academic in your discipline.
The Honours course equips students with a level of research skills far beyond those acquired in studies for the pass degree. Furthermore, an Honours degree is a prerequisite for entry to postgraduate research degrees. It is also highly valued in the employment market as evidence of an applicant’s ability to undertake independent work and produce clearly written reports.
Even in fields unrelated to your specific Honours study, Honours is regarded as an indication of your capacity to analyse problems, conduct detailed research, understand concepts and communicate ideas and facts.
* Please note that most classes, and most supervision meetings, are held during business hours Monday to Friday. Off-campus enrolment is not available.
Program Honours coordinators
If you would like to discuss the possibility of doing Honours in our School, please contact the relevant Honours Coordinator:
Anthropology: Dr Julian Millie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Behavioural Studies: Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, email@example.com
Criminology: Dr Asher Flynn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gender Studies: Dr Kirsten McLean, email@example.com
Politics & International Relations: Dr Michael Ure, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sociology: Dr Kirsten McLean, email@example.com
Structure of the Honours Course
The Honours year is made up of 48 points: two 12 point coursework units, usually completed in the first semester, and one 24 point thesis unit, usually completed in the second semester. Part time candidates, or those taking a second semester elective, take the thesis unit over 2 semesters.
All Honours candidates in the School of Political and Social Inquiry enrol in the following compulsory units:
ATS4924 PSI Honours Research Methodology (12 points)
For full-time candidates: ATS4923 PSI Honours Thesis (24 points)
For part-time candidates or those doing a Semester 2 elective: ATS4925 PSI Honours Thesis A (12 points) and ATS4926 PSI Honours Thesis B (12 points)
Plus one of the following 12-point units:
Behavioural Studies Honours students may choose a relevant elective from those listed on this page.
ATS4001 The fall of Australian Prime Ministers
ATS4324 Advanced Seminar in International Political Economy
ATS4327 Wars of Recognition: Terrorism and Political Violence
ATS4328 Grand Theories of Politics
ATS4333 Australian National Government
ATS4335 Interfaith Relations in the 21st century
ATS4337 Conflict resolution and Islam in the Middle East
Scholarships and Prizes
There are several scholarships available for Honours students in the Faculty of Arts. For further information about these and about how to apply, please see the Faculty Honours Scholarships Web Page.
The School awards prizes each year for the best Honours theses in each discipline. For further information see PSI Research Prizes