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Bachelor of International Relations

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BIR
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of International Relations requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts

POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

POLS2133 International Organisations in World Politics

POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis

POLS3017 International Relations Theory

A minimum of 6 units from the following theory courses:

POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory

POLS2102 The Political Belief and Deceit

POLS3032 The Politics of Empire

POLS2119 Ideas in Politics

POLS2120 Foundations of Political Theory

POLS2136 Power and influence in world politics

A minimum of 6 units from the following methods courses:

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis

SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

POLS2137 Meaning in Politics: Interpretation, Method and Critique

POLS3045 Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science Research*

A minimum of 12 units from the following areas studies courses:

ASIA1035 Introduction to Asian Politics

ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia

ASIA2109 Violence, Poverty, and Politics in India

EURO1004 Europe in the Modern Era

EURO2012 Uniting Europe: history, politics, theory

INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

INTR2028 Regionalism, Rights and Order in Southeast Asia

MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East

MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security

MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East

POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East

POLS2055 Pacific Politics

POLS2095 Politics in Latin America

POLS2117 The International Relations of Latin America

EURO3002 Comparative European Politics

POLS3040: Conflict and Change in sub-Saharan Africa

A minimum of 6 units from the following security courses:

ASIA2111 Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia

INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula

INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies

POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict

POLS3036 International Terrorism

STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies

STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific

STST2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons?

STST2131 Security Communities from War to Peace

STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands

STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century

A minimum of 6 units from the following global politics courses:

DEMO2003 Migration in the Modern World

DIPL2000 Leadership and Diplomacy

HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History

HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945

HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989

HIST2240 Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945

INTR3001 Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice

PHIL2113 Global Justice

POLS2011 Development and Change

POLS2064 Global Social Movements

POLS2100 Genocide in the Modern World

POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

POLS2113 Human Rights

POLS2135 Race, Ethnicity and Representation

POLS3035 The Politics of International Law

POLS3037 Globalisation: Communications, Culture and Democracy

SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development

POLS3004 Emotions in International Politics

A maximum of 12 units from the following internships and Vice-Chancellors courses:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A

ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B

VCUG1001 The Art of Computing

VCUG2001 Creating Knowledge

VCUG2002 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity

VCUG3002 Mobilising Research

A maximum of 24 units from courses in the following language minors

Advanced Chinese Language 

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Hispanic Culture

Advanced Hispanic Linguistics

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Japanese Language

Advanced Korean Language 

Advanced Spanish Studies

Arabic

Burmese Language

Chinese Language

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language

Mongolian Language

Russian

Persian

Spanish

Tetum Language

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

 

Note (*): POLS3045 Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science Research will be available from 2021.

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units ANU Elective 6 units Areas Studies Course 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units
POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues 6 units Areas Studies Course 6 units ANU Elective 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units POLS2133 International Organisations in World Politics 6 units Theory Course 6 units Methods Course 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
POLS3017 International Relations Theory 6 units Global Politics Course 6 units ANIP Internship/VC courses 12 units -

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


Domestic applicants

? School leavers will be assessed on:

• the minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirement or equivalent for this program,

• the co-curricular or service requirement, and

• any program specific requirements that are listed below.

? Non school leavers:

a) will be assessed on:

• the minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirement or equivalent for this program,

b) Non school leavers who:

• complete a recognised Australian (or equivalent) post-secondary qualification, or

• complete one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) of an Australian (or equivalent) degree qualification, or

• complete an approved tertiary preparation course/program without undertaking any further study,

will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. Non school leavers must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

 

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency 

As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

ATAR:
90
QLD Band:
6
International Baccalaureate:
34

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$43,344.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Can you see yourself jet-setting the globe with a career in trade, foreign affairs, journalism, international business or research? You have found the right degree.

ANU is a leader in the field of International Relations.

Our program will introduce you to International Relations, initially via the broad historical and intellectual framework which has framed the modern world of states since the 17th century. It will then concentrate on the 20th century, the age of World Wars and the Cold War, before addressing contemporary issues, the age of global political economy, global culture and communication, global environmental concerns and post-Cold war political conflict, including the 'War on Terror'.

With our flexible program you can extend your chosen language subject into a major, and have the opportunity to go on exchange or an international/national internship.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international relations, and the relationships between them;
  2. Have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the global system;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principal actors in contemporary global politics and the challenges they face;
  4. Understand the principal factors that determine the foreign policies of major powers and of Australia;
  5. Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of International Relations.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Single degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of International Relations consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1005 towards the International Relations Major and the Human Rights Major.

For the Bachelor of International Relations you will need to complete:

  • Six compulsory courses (36 units)
  • A minimum of one theory course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one methods course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of two areas studies courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • A minimum of one security course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one global politics course from the designated list (6 units)
  • Up to 12 units from the internships and Vice Chancellors courses from the designated list
  • Up to four courses from the designated Language minors list (24 units)
  •  Eight electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of International Relations. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of International Relations Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of International Relations degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

You will need to complete:

  • Six compulsory courses (36 units)
  • A minimum of one theory course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one methods course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of two areas studies courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • A minimum of one security course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one global politics course from the designated list (6 units)
  • Up to 12 units from the internships and Vice Chancellors courses from the designated list
  • Up to four courses from the designated Language minors list (24 units)
Please note that you are only permitted to count six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of International Relations. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study year.




Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of International Relations half of the double degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • The following compulsory courses:
    • POLS1005 - Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts
    • POLS1006 - Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues
  • Depending on your interests and in keeping with the program requirements, courses from the area  studies, security, and language minor lists:
    • ASIA1035 - Introduction to Asian Politics
    • ASIA1999 - The Origins of Political Order in Asia
    • EURO1004 - Europe in the Modern Era
    • MEAS1001 - Introduction to the Modern Middle East
    • STST1001 - Introduction to International Security Studies
    • Language courses at the appropriate level
  • Elective courses for students undertaking the single degree.

Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College.  If you have an interest in another discipline such as management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in these areas. In particular look at the majors and minors in these areas.  These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details by searching ‘language placement test’ on ANU website.




Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

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Study Plan

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Study Options

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