2020 Undergraduate Courses
  • Students are to follow the requirements of the Handbook for the year they commenced the course.

    However, the subject links below do not contain the subject information for the current year. You can view current subject information through the new Course Handbook.

Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) | 2020 

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On campus (face-to-face)

Delivery Campus:



If you are doing, or have done particularly well in your Bachelor of International Studies degree, you should consider an Honours year. This normally involves one additional year of study following the successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree. Your Bachelor of International Studies degree would have introduced you to a wide range of topics and problems, and an Honours project enables you to explore one in much greater depth. Honours research topics are various and negotiable—if you are really interested in a topic and want to find answers, you'll be encouraged and supported by our expert staff. 

From a potential employer's perspective, whatever your topic, being able to demonstrate the ability to achieve a complex goal, meet deadlines, investigate independently, use resources effectively and write coherently, are all highly desirable qualities.

The Honours year has two functions at UOW: as an in-depth project at the end of undergraduate study, and as a bridge between undergraduate study and advanced research. Studying Honours is about:

  • learning research skills, navigation skills and information systems (archives, the Library, databases, electronic research networks);
  • the opportunity to practise articulating complex ideas orally and in writing. It provides the experience of working closely with a supervisor on a project and in preparing a major project to meet a deadline;
  • experiences in devising, researching and writing up an individual topic of study in an extended argument/thesis of approximately 15-18,000 words.

Areas of Study

An Honours year in the Bachelor of International Studies is available in the areas of International Relations, Global Development and Environment, Global Media and Communication and Peace and Conflict Studies. 

For more information on undertaking Honours in International Studies, students should contact the Discipline Leader, Politics and International Studies, who will be able to guide on possible topics and recommend a potential supervisor.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Independently plan and execute a research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates in-depth understanding and critical analysis of the area of International Studies
2 Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate information, problems, concepts and theories.
3 Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions.
4 Apply an advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to independently plan and execute a substantial piece of research.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours), a candidate must successfully complete at least 48 credit points.

The program consists of 50% coursework and 50% research work. The research component of this degree takes the form of a research thesis under the supervision of an academic.

Full-time Student

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit Points
LHA 401The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice12
PAIS470Research in Politics and International Studies12
LHA 480Thesis24

Part-time Student

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
LHA 401The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice12
PAIS470Research in Politics and International Studies12
LHA 482Thesis (Part-time)12
LHA 482Thesis (Part-time)12

Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject.To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Honours Guide and Code of Practice

The Honours Guide provides detailed information on all Honours courses and can be accessed from the Honours Programs page.

Students are advised to refer to the University's Code of Practice - Honours.

Grade of Honours

The Honours Grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1. For further information refer to the University's Coursework Rules.  

Other Information

For further information please email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020