Politics and policy studies (Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts)



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.

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Unit set code

MJ-A310021 (major)

MN-A310021 (minor)


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

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.

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  • 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) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 4 units from:

  • Introduction to Politics
  • Visions and Values in Politics
  • Political Parties and Social Movements
  • Media and Politics: Campaign Strategies
  • Plus 4 units selected from:

  • Government and Politics of the United States
  • The Politics of Asylum in Australia and Asia
  • Politics of Poverty and Prosperity
  • Policy and How It Shapes Us
  • Europe's Political Transformations
  • Environmental Politics
  • Immersion Program: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture