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International Relations - unit set code MJ-A000018

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 .

Level 1
Trimester 1

AIR108 International Relations (B, G, X)  


Trimester 2

AIR120 Australia and the World (B, G, X)  

Select a further 6 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

Trimester 1

AIE255 Middle East Politics (B, G, X)  

AIR205 The Rise of China (B, G)  

AIR236 Global Capitalism and its Discontent (ONLINE)  *

AIR245 American Foreign Policy (B, G, X)  


Trimester 2

AIR225 Global Environmental Politics   **

AIR234 Order and Justice in World Politics (B, G, X)  

AIR243 International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (B, G, X)  

AIR244 Conflict, Security and Terrorism (B, G, X)  

Level 3

Trimester 1

AIR347 Crises and Risk in International Relations (B, G, X)  


Trimester 2

AIR342 Theories of International Relations (B, G, X)  

* AIR236 is offered in the wholly online teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching and this unit is also offered in trimester 3.

** AIR225 is not offered 2013, re-offered 2014.

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