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Politics and International Relations Major


Examine the ideas, structures and processes that drive politics at both the national and international level.

Emphasis is placed on assisting students to understand the nature of contemporary political challenges and the role of political leadership, the media, corporate interests, public opinion and grassroots political movements in framing and addressing these challenges. While the focus is global, thematic and interdisciplinary, specialist units are offered in Australian, American and Chinese politics. The major offers students the opportunity to build links between politics and history through units covering the rise to power of Hitler and Stalin, and America during the Cold War.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Students are required to complete 2 units from:

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
POL1103 ^Modern Political Thought15
POL1104 ^Foundations of Politics and Government15
POL1105 ^Introduction to International Relations: The World into the 21st Century15
Plus 6 units from:
HIS3101 ^Human Rights: Struggles for Global Justice15
HIS3106 ^The World's Most Dangerous Places: Politics and History through Documentary15
JOU2107 ^Political Journalism15
POL2103 ^Terrorism15
POL2130 ^Themes in Global Politics15
POL3106 ^Public Policy: Shaping Nations15
POL3109 ^China: The Rise of a Global Power15
POL3110 ^Global Politics and the Environment15
POL3122 ^Contemporary America: Government, Economy and Society15
POL3124 ^Hitler and Stalin: Studies in Power, Ideology and Propaganda15
POL2127 ^Australian Government15
POL3133 ^Visionaries, Warmongers and Protesters: American Political History Through Film (1950-1975)15

^ Core Option

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of political science to analyse interests, ideas, institutions and behavior in order to make decisions, plan responses and solve problems.
  2. Communicate information and analysis, across a range of professional contexts for professional and non professional audiences.
  3. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge with depth and understanding of the nature and significance of politics and governance the political systems and the contexts in which they operate.
  4. Demonstrate independence and self-direction when reflecting on and evaluating personal practices and performance feedback in order to enhance own learning.
  5. Demonstrate initiative and evidence-based arguments and evaluations, recognising the importance of ethical standards of conduct in the research and analysis of politics.
  6. Plan and undertake research using different research methods to investigate political phenomena.
  7. Recognise and articulate different research methods used to investigate political phenomena.
  8. Research, review, critically analyse and synthesise information from both primary and secondary sources, in order to produce persuasive arguments about political phenomena and to formulate and advocate solutions to problems.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

This major is useful for a wide range of careers including the public service, journalism, teaching, policy/research positions with political parties, and with national and international non-government agencies.

Possible future job titles

Teacher, Research/Policy Officer, Journalist, State/Federal Member of Parliament Employee, Diplomatic Servant

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