Political Science and International Relations
Political Science and International Relations is the study of our communities and how we make decisions collectively as governments, why we behave as we do as citizens, and how we make choices and changes for the future.
- Analyse how social change happens and how power and resources are allocated, with issues such as development, human rights, environment, nationalism, and foreign policy.
- Study topics are grouped into four broad pathways: international relations, comparative politics (the study of other nations), public policy (how we make choices as communities), and political thought.
- Work with lecturers that are internationally recognised for their academic research and teaching strengths.
- Study a Political Science and International Relations minor alongside several degrees.
Political Science and International Relations major
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- Three 200-level POLS courses
Political Science and International Relations minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level POLS courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
You will gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers both within politics and in more diverse areas such as law, business, education, and journalism.
Some career pathways could include:
- Policy analysis
- Parliamentary office
- Foreign affairs
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Political Science and International Relations.
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