Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts (International Relations)

Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor / Master of Arts (International Relations) aims to produce graduates who can demonstrate high levels of theoretical and empirical analysis.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
66.7
Cloud:
N/A?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Studying Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts (International Relations) develops your understanding of the key political dynamics of our time. International relations encompasses the study of policy-related dynamics such as diplomacy, foreign policy and global governance, as well as dynamics relating to questions of order, justice and resistance in world politics. 

Do you want to know more about Australia’s position in the world of international relations? 

Challenge perceptions, test theories and pose solutions to the relationships between countries throughout the world.

Choose to major in international relations (IR) as part of your Bachelor of Arts degree, then enhance your career options by advancing into a Master of Arts (International Relations). You’ll also be able to pair your international relations major with other majors or minors, creating unique combinations, which let you study electives that complement your IR major.

When completing your masters degree, choose a specialisation within IR and complete a research project that puts into practice all you’ve learnt throughout your studies. Your specialisation will mean you have the opportunity to delve into any aspect of IR and acquire advanced knowledge. Choose to specialise in:

  • Asia-Pacific regional dynamics
  • conflict and security
  • human rights and international law
  • international political economy and global governance
  • transnational activism and civil society.

There is no better way to learn about IR than taking your studies overseas to different cultures and political climates, with opportunities to join study abroad and internship programs. Find yourself in China or South Korea, the UK or US and further develop your understanding of the changing nature of international relations.

You can even apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios by gaining professional experience through our work-integrated learning opportunities. Spend time immersing yourself in organisations including NGOs, agencies and private sector corporations and arm yourself with skills to take into the workplace.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts (Years 1 to 3), students must complete 24 credit points as follows:

  • An approved Arts major sequence in International Relations
  • An approved Arts minor sequence of at least 4 credit points, or a second approved Arts major sequence of at least 8 credit points as listed below
  • No more than 10 credit points of units at level 1
  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3.

Note: Students completing minors in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish are permitted to complete 4 cp across any 2 levels, i.e. students may complete 2 credit points at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3

* Students must have completed 24 credit points of study successfully and achieved a WAM of 60 to continue through to the Master of Arts (International Relations).  Students not having fulfilled this requirement are eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts as an alternative exit. 

To qualify for the award of Master of Arts (International Relations), students must complete 12 credit points including two core units and one of the following streams:

- 2 core units AIR726 and AIR728

Option 1

  • 6 credit points of research project units (AIX706; AIX707 or AIX708; AIX702 (2cps); AIX703 (2cps))
  • 4 credit points of electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

Option 2

  • 3 credit points of research units (AIX704, AIX705, AIX706)
  • 7 credit points of electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

Option 3

  • 2 credit point of research units (AIX701 and AIX706) 
  • 8 credit points of electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

Students must also complete AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

The Faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work, that are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Core units

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Human Rights in World Politics AIR726
  • Global Political Economy AIR728
  • Options 1, 2 & 3

    Option 1 

  • Dissertation A AIX702 (2 credit points)
  • Dissertation B AIX703 (2 credit points)
  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus either 

  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • or 

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Plus 4 electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

    Option 2 

  • Research Paper A AIX704
  • Research Paper B AIX705
  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus 7 electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

    Option 3 

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Research Project AIX701
  • Plus 8 electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

    Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Anthropology

    Arabic

    Australian Studies

    Children's Literature

    Chinese

    Criminology

    Drama

    Education

    Film and Television

    Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Geography, Minor study only

    History

    Indonesian

    Journalism

    Language and Culture Studies

    Literary Studies

    Media Studies

    Middle East Studies

    Philosophy

    Photography

    Politics and Policy Studies

    Professional and Creative Writing

    Public Relations

    Sociology

    Sport and Society, Minor study only

    Spanish

    Studies of Religions

    Sustainability and Society, Minor study only

    Visual Arts

    Visual Communication Design

    Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    To qualify for a specialisation within the Master of Arts (International Relations), a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study from within that specialisation.  Students who complete a specialisation of four (4) credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.

    Specialisations are available in the following areas:

    Asia-Pacific Regional Dynamics

    Conflict and Security

    Human Rights and International Law

    International Political Economy and Global Governance

    Transnational Activism and Civil Society


    General Electives

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts (International Relations)
    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510411 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610411 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    D305
    CRICOS code?
    092875J
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7/9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud (online)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud (online)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

    The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/entry-pathways

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $7,122 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.


    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply


    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts (International Relations) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

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

    Warrnambool
    Tel 03 5563 3489
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

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

    Frequently asked questions

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    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

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    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Rated 5 stars for world-class facilities, teaching and research^

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction#

    Top 10 university in Australia*

    #1 university in Victoria for skills development**

    Career outcomes

    Graduate with a unique skill set that will set you apart from the rest. Find employment across a range of organisations including:

    • consulting agencies
    • defence forces
    • education
    • foreign affairs departments
    • immigration departments
    • media
    • multicultural associates
    • NGOs
    • private sector corporations
    • research.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes
    Bachelor of Arts

    Course Learning Outcomes
    Master of Arts (International Relations)

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the Arts disciplines, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines or areas of practice. 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

    Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly papers.  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

    Research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information using a range of appropriate technologies and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment.  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

    Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying appropriate theories and methodologies to evaluate information and knowledge about society, culture and the arts.  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

    Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative Arts, including cross-disciplinary approaches.  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 and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts.  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 colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community.  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

    Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community.  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

     

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