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Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code039171D
Deakin course codeA726

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.

 

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Alternative exits

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

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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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.

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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

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Course structure

Core units


Trimester 1

AIR747 Contemporary International Politics  


Trimester 2

AIR742 International Relations Theory  


Electives


Trimester 1

AIR712 Australian Foreign Policy  

AIR717 International Conflict Analysis  

AIR719 The United Nations and International Law  

AIR726 Human Rights in the International System  

AIR728 Global Political Economy  

ALC705 Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change  

ALC706 Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures  


Trimester 2

AIR701 China and the World  

AIR706 Political Economy of the Asia Pacific  

AIR707 Global Governance  

AIR729 Human Security in Global Politics  

AIR748 Contemporary Security and Strategy  

AIR749 Security in the Asia-Pacific Region  

ACM701 Global Media and War  

AIR754 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control  

 

Trimester 3

AIR732 Terrorism in International Politics  

AIR753 Regionalism in International Politics  

 

Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIR718 Research Project (International Relations)  (2 credit points)

AIR790 International Relations Internship  (2 credit points)

Or for students wishing to undertake a PhD pathway:

AIX702 Dissertation A  

AIX703 Dissertation B  

 

Notes:

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

 (ii) ACM701, AIR706, AIR754 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015.


Additional elective units

MPE707 International Banking and Finance  

MPE711 Global Trade and Markets  

MPT781/MPE781 Economics for Managers  

MPM735 International Business Management  



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Details of specialisations

Asia-Pacific Regional Politics

AIR701 China and the World  

AIR754 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control  

AIR706 Political Economy of the Asia Pacific  

AIR712 Australian Foreign Policy  

AIR749 Security in the Asia-Pacific Region  

AIR753 Regionalism in International Politics  

 

 Note: AIR706, AIR754 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015.

Conflict and Security

AIR701 China and the World  

AIR717 International Conflict Analysis  

AIR729 Human Security in Global Politics  

AIR732 Terrorism in International Politics  

AIR748 Contemporary Security and Strategy  

AIR749 Security in the Asia-Pacific Region  

AIR753 Regionalism in International Politics  

AIR754 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control  

 

Note: AIR754 not offered 2014, re-offered 2015.

Human Rights and International Law

AIR707 Global Governance  

AIR717 International Conflict Analysis  

AIR719 The United Nations and International Law  

AIR726 Human Rights in the International System  

AIR729 Human Security in Global Politics  

International Political Economy and Global Governance

AIR706 Political Economy of the Asia Pacific  

AIR707 Global Governance  

AIR719 The United Nations and International Law  

AIR728 Global Political Economy  

AIR753 Regionalism in International Politics  

 

Note: AIR706 is not offered 2014, re-offered 2015.

 

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