International relations



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.

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MJ-A000018 (major)

MN-A000018 (minor)


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

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.

Explore units


  • 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 no more than two (2) credit points at level 3

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

  • World in Crisis AIR101
  • War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Responses AIR102
  • Complete the following unit from level 2:

  • Key Concepts in International Relations AIR242
  • Complete a further 3 units from level 2, selected from:

  • Critical Issues in Middle East Politics AIE255
  • Global Capitalism and Power AIR200
  • Australia and the Changing Asia-Pacific AIR202
  • Human Rights in World Politics AIR203
  • AIR204 Great Power Relations [No longer available for enrolment]

    AIR292 Study Tour: America and the International System [No longer available for enrolment]

  • Immersion Program: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture AIS203
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development AIS204
  • Complete 2 units from level 3, selected from:

  • Middle East Study Tour AIE365 *
  • Activists Beyond Borders AIR348
  • Diplomacy and the United Nations AIR349
  • *This unit will not be offered in 2022. Trimester 3 2023 will be the last time this unit will be offered