Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)
Campus

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (Online)

Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code039171D
Deakin course codeA726

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Master of Arts (International Relations) aims to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate high-level skills of theoretical and empirical analysis and interpretation of global issues and events. In addition the course will give you a substantial understanding of the complexities of contemporary international relations.

The program is designed for those working in areas such as the public service, private sector corporations, small businesses and non-government organisations who want to develop systematic understanding of the international forces shaping their environment, and enhance their skills in analysis and interpretation.

The program provides the opportunity to examine key issues of both historical and contemporary issues as well as developments in world politics. Students develop skills in policy analysis, systematic understanding of the threats to peace and security, and global forces shaping political, social and economic life.

Specialisations are available in Asia-Pacific Regional Politics, Conflict and Security, International History and Human Rights and International Law. Links with other social science and humanities studies at Deakin offer relevant electives to augment specialisations, such as genocide history, gender and development, and global media units.

The program also offers optional postgraduate internships, allowing you an opportunity to gain experience overseas.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of International Relations (A513)
Graduate Diploma of International Relations (A613)

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

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The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Arts (International Relations), a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising:

  • 2 credit points of compulsory core units; and
  • 10 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units listed below

A 2-credit-point research project is an option in the final trimester of study for those students with a credit or higher average in their coursework units.

The dissertation component (AIX702 and AIX703) provides a research pathway for students to apply for entry to PhD.

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

To qualify for a specialisation within the Master of Arts (International Relations), a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study from within that specialisation.  Students who complete a specialisation of four (4) credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.

Specialisations are available in the following areas:

Asia-Pacific Regional Politics
Conflict and Security
Human Rights and International Law
International Political Economy and Global Governance

Course structure

Core units

AIR742International Relations Theory

AIR747Contemporary International Politics

Electives

AIR701China and the World

AIR706Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

AIR707Global Governance

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR717International Conflict Analysis

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

AIR728Global Political Economy

AIR729Human Security in Global Politics

AIR732Terrorism in International Politics

AIR748Contemporary Security and Strategy

AIR749Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

AIR753Regionalism in International Politics

AIR754Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control

AIR790International Relations Internship (2 credit points)

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

ALC705Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change

ALC706Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures

Note: AIR790 - Students must seek advice about internship procedures from the Unit Chair prior to enrolling in this unit.

Additional elective units

MPE707International Banking and Finance

MPE711Global Trade and Markets

MPM735International Business Management

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers



Details of specialisations

Asia-Pacific Regional Politics

AIR701China and the World

AIR706Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR749Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

AIR753Regionalism in International Politics

AIR754Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control

Conflict and Security

AIR701China and the World

AIR717International Conflict Analysis

AIR729Human Security in Global Politics

AIR732Terrorism in International Politics

AIR748Contemporary Security and Strategy

AIR749Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

AIR753Regionalism in International Politics

AIR754Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control

Human Rights and International Law

AIR707Global Governance

AIR717International Conflict Analysis

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

AIR729Human Security in Global Politics

International Political Economy and Global Governance

AIR706Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

AIR707Global Governance

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

AIR728Global Political Economy

AIR753Regionalism in International Politics