• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Minor code IREL-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
International Relations Minor

The study of International Relations has traditionally focused upon the (often hostile) engagements between nation-states and/or their diplomatic elites seeking to advance the national interest by war or other means. These are still important themes in the contemporary IR agenda. However, at the beginning of the 21st century analysts and policymakers require a more comprehensive body of knowledge and deeper understanding of the world and how it operates. This minor is designed to provide students with an introduction to such knowledge and understanding in regard to both traditional and more recent agendas in the study of international relations.


Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this minor will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify the core concepts and theories that dominate global politics in the 21st century;
  • Have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the global system;
  • Examine the contemporary challenges facing the global system and evaluate the policies implemented to address them;
  • Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of International Relations.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6
POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
POLS2011 Development and Change 6
POLS2064 Global Social Movements 6
POLS2075 Globalism and the Politics of Identity 6
POLS2085 Gendered Politics of War 6
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy 6
POLS2095 Politics in Latin America 6
POLS2099 Cartographies of Security: Critical Security Studies and International Politics 6
POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 6
POLS2102 The Political Philosophy of Deception 6
  POLS 2109: The Politics of Empire
POLS2113 Human Rights 6
POLS2117 The International Relations of Latin America 6
POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies 6
POLS2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons 6
POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis: Understanding Global and Australian Foreign Policy Decision-Making 6
POLS3017 International Relations Theory 6
POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict 6
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