Politics and policy studies



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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MJ-A000005 (major)

MN-A000005 (minor)


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

Explore units


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

Complete 2 units from level 1, selected from:

  • Introduction to Politics AIP107
  • Visions and Values in Politics AIP116
  • Complete 4 units from level 2, selected from:

  • Policy and Society AIP230
  • Critical Issues in Middle East Politics AIE255
  • Europe's Political Transformation AIP243
  • Environmental Politics AIP245
  • Government and Politics of the United States AIP208
  • Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia AIP209
  • Politics of Poverty and Prosperity AIP211
  • Media and Politics: Campaign Strategies AIP247
  • Complete the following 2 units from level 3:

  • Researching Democracy AIP300
  • Political Parties and Social Movements AIP301