Courses & Units

Researching Politics and International Relations HPP414

Hobart, Launceston


This is a theory and research methods unit. It is a compulsory course work unit for Honours students and is offered to postgraduate research students (MA and PhD) as an elective unit. This unit represents 25% of discipline-specific content toward the award of an Honours degree.


This unit is a compulsory theory, research and methods unit for Honours students designed to prepare them for writing the research thesis component of their degree. It covers the foundational approaches to politics, policy and international relations, qualitative, quantitative and comparative methods, and the major debates on conducting research in these areas. The emphasis will be on flexible content to meet the particular research interests of each student in preparation for their Honours thesis.


Unit name Researching Politics and International Relations
Unit code HPP414
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Dr Terry Narramore

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2018: $1,611.00 2018: $3,938.00 090101

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly 2-hour seminar in semester 1, throughout semester


Written work of 6,000 words in essay form (80%), comprising: 3,000-word Statement of Intent on the Research Thesis Topic (30%); 3,000-word Literature Review on Research Thesis Topic (30%); Seminar participation (10%); Verbal presentation of Statement of Intent (10%)

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