Graduate Diploma of International Relations

Course summary for local students

Year

2017 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of International Relations
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Deakin course code A613

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Develop a systematic understanding of the international forces that shape our environment, as well as the skills to analyse and interpret international events. Study international relations at Deakin and be ready to further your professional aspirations within foreign affairs, politics, research, and media.

The forces of globalisation are generating profound effects on many spheres of economic, social and political activity. As such, a deeper knowledge of international relations is becoming necessary in many areas of public life.

Deakin’s international relations courses are professional development programs providing relevant and respected postgraduate qualifications for those who work, or aspire to work, in the public service, commercial organisations, humanitarian organisations, and the not-for-profit sector.

The Graduate Diploma of International Relations (IR) aims to provide you with high-level skills in analysis and interpretation of global issues and events, plus an understanding of the complexities of contemporary international relations. You’ll get a broad view of the world’s various political, economic and social landscapes, and an understanding of the often delicate relationships that exist between them.

You’ll choose from electives that explore topical subjects such as the rise of China, terrorism in international politics, global political economy, and Australian foreign policy.

Career opportunities for IR graduates exist in all levels of government, private sector corporations and small business, non-government organisations, the media, consultancy, the defence forces, foreign affairs departments, immigration departments, management consultancies, multicultural associations, education, health, politics and research.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for international relations graduates exist in all levels of government, private sector corporations and small business, non-government organisations, the media, consultancy, the defence forces, foreign affairs departments, immigration departments, management consultancies, multicultural associations, education, health, politics and research.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Use advanced and specialised knowledge of International relations to review and analyse major theoretical, conceptual and policy debates and disputes in International Relations pertaining to foreign policy, conflict and security, international and regional politics, globalisation, and international law with reference to empirical cases. 

Communication

Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of International Relations theories, concepts and their application to real-world contexts, in a selection of written, oral and digital formats, to a range of audiences. 

Digital literacy

Employ a range of digital communication technologies and platforms appropriately to conduct research, engage in debate, communicate findings, and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences.  

Critical thinking

Analyse, critically evaluate and synthesise theoretical conceptualisations of international politics and policy responses by a range of actors in the context of the changing international political system.  

Problem solving

Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with appropriate Social Science methods of research and analysis to investigate complex real-world problems in a systematic manner and generate and evaluate potential responses to issues in the areas of conflict and security, globalization, international crises and risks, foreign policy and international law.  

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development personally, academically and professionally in the field of International Relations.  

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with others in the field of International Relations and from other backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning. 

Global citizenship

Analyse and respond to issues in global politics in domestic, regional and international contexts as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into account cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and adherence to professional and academic ethical standards. 

Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of International Relations, a student must successfully complete:

  • 4 credit points of core units 
  • 4 credit points of study of elective units

Course structure

Core units

AIR707The United Nations and International Organisation

AIR742International Relations Theory

AIR747Contemporary International Politics

AIR748Security and Strategy

Elective Units

Select 4 from the following: 

AIR720Transnational Activism and Governance

AIR701China and the World

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR726Human Rights in World Politics

AIR728Global Political Economy

AIR732Terrorism in International Politics

Course Map

Course map 

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of International Relations applicants require:

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline area; or 5 years relevant professional experience within the last 10 years.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

Successful completion of a Graduate Diploma will lead to entry into the Master of International Relations with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of International Relations (A513)