Bachelor of Arts

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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 .

Level 1
Trimester 1

AIR108International Relations

Trimester 2

AIR120Australia and the World

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

AIE255Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics

AIR205The Rise of China

AIR236Global Capitalism and its Discontent *

AIR245American Foreign Policy

Trimester 2

AIR225Global Environmental Politics **

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

AIR243International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

AIR244Conflict, Security and Terrorism

Trimester 3

AIR292Study Tour: America and the International System

Level 3

Trimester 1

AIR347Crises and Risk in International Relations

Trimester 2

AIR342Theories of International Relations

* AIR236 is offered via cloud (online) teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching and this unit is also offered in trimester 3.

** AIR225 not offered 2014.  Reoffered 2015 subject to approval.

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