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

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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify the core concepts and theories that dominate global politics in the 21st century;
  2. Have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the global system;
  3. Examine the contemporary challenges facing the global system and evaluate the policies implemented to address them;
  4. 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
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific 6
POLS2011 Development and Change 6
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy 6
POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries 6
POLS2113 Human Rights 6
POLS2133 International Organisations in World Politics 6
POLS2136 Power and influence in world politics 6
POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis 6
POLS3017 International Relations Theory 6
POLS3036 International Terrorism 6
POLS3037 Globalisation: Communications, Culture and Democracy 6
STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century 6
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