Bachelor of Arts

Politics and Policy Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A000005 (major)

MN-A000005 (minor)


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


A Politics and Policy Studies major will enhance your understanding of the big issues in the world today, and assist you to develop the skills to make a difference in your lifetime. We investigate the challenge posed to Australia and the world by climate change; asylum seekers and refugees; development; inequality; political parties and new social movements. We examine the ideas behind the policy and the rhetoric. We look globally for different solutions; investigate how policy lessons are learned; and assess the impact on domestic and global politics. We examine how and why some people are able to exercise power better than others, and assess ideas and opportunities for addressing the pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time.

Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in many fields including foreign affairs, Intelligence and security, Journalism, Government organisations, Civil society organisations, Business, Policy advocacy, Policy research, Policy design and analysis, Political and social research, Political advisors, Politics, Public communication, Public relations & lobbying, Public service, Speech-writing, Teaching.


  • To complete a Major sequence in Politics and Policy Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Politics and Policy Studies 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 2 units from level 1, selected from:

AIP107Introduction to Politics

AIP116Visions and Values in Politics

Complete 4 units from level 2, selected from:

AIP230Policy and Society

AIE255Critical Issues in Middle East Politics

AIP243Europe's Political Transformation

AIP245Environmental Politics

AIP208Government and Politics of the United States

AIP209Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia

AIP211Politics of Poverty and Prosperity

AIP247Media and Politics: Campaign Strategies

Complete the following 2 units from level 3:

AIP300Researching Democracy

AIP301Political Parties and Social Movements