Bachelor of Arts

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International Relations

Unit Set Code

MJ-A000018 (major)

MN-A000018 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)


International Relations provides you with a better understanding of global political systems and relationships. Why do states co-operate with each other? Why do they make war? How can we define power and security? What role does globalisation play in state interactions and how does the international system deal with issues such as human rights, humanitarian and environmental challenges? Examinations of the politics of the Asia-Pacific region and Australia’s place in the world are also key to this major.

Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of sectors, including aid and development organisations, education, the defence forces, foreign affairs and trade, government departments (including immigration and border security), intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations and research roles.

Students majoring in International Relations should also consider a complementary major sequence or electives in Politics and Policy Studies or major or minor in Middle East Studies.


  • To complete a Major sequence in International Relations select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in International Relations select any four (4) units from below, including a minimum of one (1) credit point at level one, and no more than one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

AIR101World in Crisis

AIR102War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Responses

Complete the following unit from level 2:

AIR242Key Concepts in International Relations

Complete a further 3 units from level 2, selected from:

AIE255Critical Issues in Middle East Politics

AIR200Global Capitalism and Power

AIR202Australia and the Changing Asia-Pacific

AIR203Human Rights in World Politics

AIR204Great Power Relations

AIS204Gender, Globalisation and Development

AIR292Study Tour: America and the International System

AIS203Immersion Program: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

Complete 2 units from level 3, selected from:

AIE365Middle East Study Tour

AIR348Activists Beyond Borders

AIR349Diplomacy and the United Nations


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