Bachelor of Government and International Relations (Honours)

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,566.00* per year (more)
* 2019 indicative annual CSP fee

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Admission requirements

  • Bachelor of Government and International Relations or equivalent with 5.0 GPA over second and third year


Offered in

Trimester 1

My details

Programs change over time. Course lists and requirements are specific to the year you started studying.


To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Government and International Relations (Honours) [BGIR(Hons)], a student must acquire 80 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 20 credit points for compulsory research methods courses
  • gain 20 credit points for coursework
  • successfully complete the 40 credit point dissertation.


Classification of Honours

This degree with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I Honours
  • Class IIA Honours
  • Class IIB Honours
  • Class III Honours

The class of Honours to be awarded to each student in this degree will be determined by the relevant Assessment Board on the basis of a Program GPA and a minimum percentage for the Dissertation as outlined in the Calculation of Honours Classification section of the Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8) Policy.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level and Type

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. This qualification is accredited as an AQF Level 8 - Bachelor Honours Degree.

Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes communicate to the community the value of the Griffith educational experience as benchmarked against national qualification standards.

Program Learning Outcomes for this award describe the knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills you will acquire through studying the Griffith program of your choice.

Note: Students must check the prerequisite and incompatible requirements before selecting any course within this program.

Students must complete the following courses:

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 6003GIR Problems and Methods in the Transition to Research (formerly 6001IBA) 10
Tri 1 6001GIR Theory and Methodology in Social Science Research  10
Tri 1,2 6002GIR_P1 Honours Dissertation Part 1  10
Tri 1,2 6002GIR_P2 Honours Dissertation Part 2  10
Tri 1,2 6002GIR_P3 Honours Dissertation Part 3  10
Tri 1,2 6002GIR_P4 Honours Dissertation Part 4  10

Students must complete 20 credit points from the following courses:

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 7016GIR A Post-Secular Age? Religion, the State and Global Society (not offered in 2019) 10
Tri 1 7023GIR The Political, Legal and Governance Environment  10
Tri 1 7005GIR Globalisation  10
Tri 1 7025GIR Policy Advice: Evidence, Argument and Persuasion in Policy-Making  10
Tri 1 7015GIR Case Studies in Foreign Policy Decision Making  10
Tri 1 7014GIR The Politics of International Environmental Issues: Knowledge, Power and Interests (not offered from 2018) 10
Tri 2 7035GIR Rights, War and Justice: Ethics in International Relations  10
Tri 2 7007GIR Australian Foreign Policy  10
Tri 2 7033GIR Prudence, Ethics and Accountability  10