Bachelor of Arts

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International Relations - unit set code MJ-A000018

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)

The International Relations major sequence focuses on understanding conflict and cooperation and, war and peace in contemporary international politics. Students examine the system of states before, during and after the Cold War, the nature of power and security, global issues, human rights and Australia's place in the world.

On successful completion of the International Relations major sequence, students should have the following discipline-specific skills:

  • an ability to identify and critically synthesise themes and arguments
  • an ability to develop policies within real-world contexts
  • an ability to distinguish declaratory policy from operational policy (i.e. words from deeds)
  • an ability to understand and explain the international forces which shape our environment.

Students majoring in International Relations should also consider a complementary major sequence or electives in Politics and Policy Studies or major or minor in Middle East Studies.

Level 1

AIR108International Relations

AIR120Australia and the World

All students must take AIR242 plus a further 5 credit points, ensuring at least 2 credit points are undertaken at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:

Level 2

AIE255Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics

AIR205The Rise of China

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

AIR236Controversies in Global Capitalism

AIR242Theories of International Relations (Core unit)

AIR243International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

AIR244Conflict, Security and Terrorism

AIR292Study Tour: America and the International System

AIS203Study Tour: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

Level 3

AIE365Middle East Study Tour

AIR345American Foreign Policy

AIR348Beyond Borders: Transnational Activism in World Politics

AIR349Transnational Diplomacy and Policy

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