Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for current students

Year2015 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

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

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

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

Trimester 1

AIR747Contemporary International Politics

Trimester 2

AIR742International Relations Theory


Electives

Trimester 1

ACM701Global Media and War

AIR717International Conflict Analysis

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

AIR728Global Political Economy

ALC705Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change (not offered 2015)

ALC706Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures (not offered 2015)

Trimester 2

AIR701China and the World

AIR706Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

AIR707Global Governance

AIR729Human Security in Global Politics

AIR748Contemporary Security and Strategy

AIR749Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

AIR754Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control

Trimester 3

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR732Terrorism in International Politics

AIR753Regionalism in International Politics

Trimester 1, trimester 2

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIR790International Relations Internship (2 credit points)

Or for students wishing to undertake a PhD pathway:

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

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

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers

MPM735International Business Management



Details of specialisations

Asia-Pacific Regional Politics

AIR701China and the World

AIR754Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control

AIR706Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR749Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

AIR753Regionalism in International Politics

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

 

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