To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:
A student may complete a major sequence of 36 units in International Relations by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) and two Year 3 topics (9 units) plus two additional topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.
A student may complete a minor sequence of 22.5 units in International Relations by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) plus and additional topic (4.5 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.
A minor in International Relations is not available to students who commenced the Bachelor of Education (Primary R-7), Bachelor of Arts from 1 January 2019.
The minor sequence is not available to students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary R-7) from 1 January 2020
A student may complete an extended major sequence in International Relations by completing the prescribed major topics (36 units), plus an additional two topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed below.
An extended major in International Relations is not available to students enrolled in the double Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts degrees.
The International Relations major aims to produce graduates who have acquired an understanding of:
- the key political, social, economic, strategic, historical and cultural relationships within the modern world
- foreign policy, diplomacy, war and other forms of military action, political economy and other modes of interaction between the countries, economies and peoples of the world and the theories that seek to explain them
- Australia's place and the role within the Asian region and globally
- an understanding of societies, cultures and alternative systems of governance throughout the world, especially those parts that are of particular significance to Australia
- the impact of globalisation and environmental challenges on international transactions and perspectives.
Graduates with a major in International Relations should be able to:
- communicate in a professional and culturally aware manner through high quality written and analytical and oral presentation skills
- confidently adapt to challenges in different workplace environments
- demonstrate a developed skill set that allows them to contribute effectively to specific specialist areas of International Relations, taken broadly to include foreign policy, theory, international political economy, studies of other countries, societies and governance structures
- apply their professional knowledge to the formulation of policies, the provision of policy advice, the preparation of policy analyses, and the undertaking of policy research and evaluation in the field of International Relations
- apply analytical and research skills suitable for higher study or employment in the field of International Relations, including the political, social and political economic analysis, normative evaluation, archival and historical research, documentary and data interpretation, and bibliographic compilation
- be well-equipped for graduate-entry positions, especially within the public sector and in organisations with an international focus.
Program of study
The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in International Relations and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.
Major - International Relations
Year 1 topics
INTR1006 International Relations: An Introduction (4.5 units)
Plus 4.5 units from the year 1 topics listed below:
AMST1002 America and the World: The United States in a Global Context (4.5 units)
HIST1803 The Lucky Country? Australia and the World since 1939 (4.5 units)
INTR1101 Discovering Asia (4.5 units)
INTR1102 Modern Asia since 1945 (4.5 units)
Year 2 topics
Select 9 units from the year 2 topics listed below:
INTR2003 The Asia-Pacific in the 20th Century (4.5 units)
INTR2006 Debating Human Rights (4.5 units)
INTR2005 The Next Superpower? The Rise of China in the 21st Century (4.5 units)
INTR2008 Africa on a Global Stage (4.5 units)
INTR2012 Food Security (4.5 units)
INTR2015 New Security Agenda (4.5 units)
INTR2100 Reimagining the Global South (4.5 units)
INTR2101 Democracy and Human Rights in Asia (4.5 units)
plus select an additional 4.5 units from the year 2 topics listed above or year 3 topics listed below.
Year 3 topics
Select 9 units from the year 3 topics listed below:
AMST3013 The Alliance and the Re-Emergence of China (4.5 units)
AMST3016 Internship Program: Washington DC (9 units)
INTR3001 Australian Foreign Policy (4.5 units)
INTR3003 Africa: International Interventions (4.5 units)
INTR3006 The Rise of the Indo-Pacific (4.5 units)
INTR3101 Global Inequality (4.5 units)
INTR3102 Controversies in International Relations (4.5 units)
INTR3103 International Practicum (4.5 units)
INTR3103A International Practicum 2 (4.5 units)
INTR3104 Global Workplace (4.5 units)
plus select an additional 4.5 units from the year 2 or 3 topics listed above.
Refer to Honours- Government and International Relations