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

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

  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 the completion of the following course(s):

POLS1005 - Intro to IR

POLS1006 - Contemporary Global Issues

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

INTR2010 - IR in the Asia-Pacific

POLS2133 - International Organisations 

POLS2011 - Development and Change 

POLS2094 - Issues Intern Pol Ecoomy 

POLS2101 - Refugee Politics 

POLS2136 - Power in world politics

POLS2113 - Human Rights 

POLS3001 - Foreign Policy Analysis

POLS3017 - Intern Relations Theory

STST3002 - Australia's Security

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