International relations



International relations gives you a better understanding of conflict and cooperation, as well as war and peace in contemporary international politics. Through Deakin, you can study a range of issues in global politics including the nature of power and security, globalisation and global governance, human rights and global justice, the politics of the Asian region and Australia's place in the world.

Complete as many international experiences as your degree and bank balance will allow. It will give you a sense of purpose you will not find anywhere else.

Emily Ebbott

Bachelor of Arts (International studies)

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Deakin has the largest concentration of international relations staff in Victoria and one of the largest groups in Australia, with 13 full-time staff.

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The study of international relations prepares students for careers in:

  • federal defence agencies 
  • foreign affairs departments 
  • immigration departments/consultancies
  • international-oriented businesses and non-government organisations
  • journalism
  •  major corporations 
  • management consultancies 
  • multicultural associations
  • the public sector.

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International relations at Deakin

Dr Steven Slaughter discusses the large-scale issues we face in society – such as the international economy and global financial crisis terrorism, political violence and human rights – and how these are addressed in teaching international relations at Deakin.

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