• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Major code IREL-MAJ

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 major is designed to provide students with such knowledge and understanding in regard to both traditional and more recent agendas.

Learning Outcomes

  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. Identify the role that people, states, ideas, and institutions play in shaping the international political economy
  5. Understand Australia's role in global politics
  6. Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of International Relations
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This major requires the completion of 48 units from the following lists, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level

A minimum of 12 units of courses at 3000 level


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

POLS1005 - Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts (6 units)

POLS1006 - Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues (6 units)

POLS2133 - International Organisations in World Politics (6 units)

POLS3001 - Foreign Policy Analysis (6 units)


A minimum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

INTR2010 - International Relations in the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

POLS2011 - Development and Change (6 units)

POLS2094 - Issues in International Political Economy (6 units)

POLS2101 - Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries (6 units)

POLS2113 - Human Rights (6 units)

POLS2136 - Power and influence in world politics (6 units)

POLS3017 - International Relations Theory (6 units)

POLS3036 - International Terrorism (6 units)

POLS3037 - Globalisation: Communications, Culture and Democracy (6 units)

STST3002 - Australia's Security in the Asian Century (6 units)


A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ANIP3003 - Australian National Internships Program Internship A (6 units)

ANIP3005 - Australian National Internship B (12 units)

ASIA2109 - Violence, Poverty, and Politics in India (6 units)

ASIA2111 - Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

CLAS3000 - Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion in the Ancient and Modern Worlds (6 units)

DEMO2003 - Migration in the Modern World (6 units)

DIPL2000 - Leadership and Diplomacy (6 units)

EURO2012 - Uniting Europe: history, politics, theory (6 units)

HIST2136 - World at War, 1939-1945 (6 units)

HIST2141 - The Cold War: 1945-1989 (6 units)

HIST2240 - Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945 (6 units)

INTR2012 - Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2014 - Indian Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2016 - US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia (6 units)

INTR2018 - Japanese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2020 - (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula (6 units)

INTR2024 - Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities (6 units)

INTR2028 - Regionalism, Rights and Order in Southeast Asia (6 units)

INTR3001 - Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice (6 units)

MEAS2001 - New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security (6 units)

MEAS2105 - The Political Economy of the Middle East (6 units)

PHIL2113 - Global Justice (6 units)

POLS2031 - Politics in the Middle East (6 units)

POLS2044- Contemporary Political Analysis (6 units)

POLS2055- Pacific Politics (6 units)

POLS2063- Contemporary Political Theory (6 units)

POLS2095- Politics in Latin America (6 units)

POLS2100- Genocide in the Modern World (6 units)

POLS2102- Political Belief and Deceit (6 units)

POLS2117- The International Relations of Latin America (6 units)

POLS2119- Ideas in Politics (6 units)

POLS2120- Foundations of Political Theory (6 units)

POLS2123- Peace and Conflict Studies (6 units)

POLS2125- Game Theory and Social Sciences (6 units)

POLS2135- Race, Ethnicity and Representation (6 units)

POLS2136- Power and influence in world politics (6 units)

POLS3032 - The Politics of Empire (6 units)

POLS3033- Environment, Human Security and Conflict (6 units)

POLS3035- The Politics of International Law (6 units)

POLS3037- Globalisation: Communications, Culture and Democracy (6 units)

POLS3040- Conflict and change in sub-Saharan Africa (6 units)

SOCY2030 - Sociology of Third World Development (6 units)

SOCY2043- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (6 units)

STST2001- International Security issues in the Asia Pacific (6 units)

STST2003- Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands (6 units)

STST2124- Politics of Nuclear Weapons (6 units)

STST2131- Security Communities from War to Peace (6 units)

VCUG2001- Creating Knowledge (6 units)

VCUG2002- Leadership and Influence in a Complex World (6 units)

VCUG3001- Unravelling Complexity (6 units)

VCUG3002- Mobilising Research (6 units)



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