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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

AIR108 International Relations  


Trimester 2

AIR120 Australia and the World  

All students must take AIR242 plus a further 5 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 Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics  

AIR205 The Rise of China  

AIR236 Controversies in Global Capitalism  *


Trimester 2

AIR242 Theories of International Relations  (Core unit)

AIR234 Order and Justice in World Politics  

AIR243 International Relations of the Asia-Pacific  

AIR244 Conflict, Security and Terrorism  

Level 3

Trimester 1

AIR345 American Foreign Policy  

AIR348 Beyond Borders: Transnational Activism in World Politics  


Trimester 2

AIR349 Transnational Diplomacy and Policy  

* 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.

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