International politics



International Politics provides you with an understanding of the global system of states and the major challenges of the international system. You will explore contemporary issues such as human rights, refugees and asylum seekers, terrorism, war, humanitarian responses and development, capitalism, power, diplomacy and the role of the United Nations, the politics of the United States, and the issues facing the Middle East.

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MJ-A000071 (major)

MN-A000071 (minor)


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

Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of areas including federal defence agencies, foreign affairs departments, immigration departments/consultancies, major corporations, non-government organisations, management consultancies and multicultural associations. 

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  • To complete a Major sequence in International Politics select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in International Politics 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:

  • Introduction to Politics AIP107
  • War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Responses AIR102
  • Complete 4 units from level 2, selected from:

  • Critical Issues in Middle East Politics AIE255
  • Government and Politics of the United States AIP208
  • Global Capitalism and Power AIR200
  • Politics of Poverty and Prosperity AIP211
  • Great Power Relations AIR204
  • Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia AIP209
  • Human Rights in World Politics AIR203
  • Study Tour: America and the International System AIR292
  • Immersion Program: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture AIS203
  • Complete 2 units from level 3, selected from:

  • Researching Democracy AIP300
  • Diplomacy and the United Nations AIR349
  • Middle East Study Tour AIE365