Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (Online)

Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359

Course Director

Craig Snyder, +61 3 522 72244,

Deputy Director

Dean Coldicott, +61 3 924 46226,

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code039171D
Deakin course code A726

Pipelining course from 2015.

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.

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.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

AIR747Contemporary International Politics

Trimester 2

AIR742International Relations Theory


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

Alternate exits

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

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