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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

AIR108 - no longer available for enrolment

AIR120 - no longer available for enrolment

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 in Middle East Politics

AIR205 - no longer available for enrolment

AIR234 - no longer available for enrolment

AIR236 - no longer available for enrolment

AIR242Key Concepts in International Relations (Core unit)

AIR243 - no longer available for enrolment

AIR244 - no longer available for enrolment

AIR292Study Tour: America and the International System

AIS203Immersion Program: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

Level 3

AIE365Middle East Study Tour

AIR345 - no longer available for enrolment

AIR348Activists Beyond Borders

AIR349Diplomacy and the United Nations

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