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Politics and International Relations Major


In this major, students examine the ideas, structures and processes that drive national and international politics.

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 terrorism, power and conflict.



Availability & Campus

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



Students are required to complete two of the following units (30 credit points):

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
POL1104 ^Foundations of Politics and Government15
POL1105 ^Introduction to International Relations: The World into the 21st Century15
POL1103 ^Modern Political Thought15
Plus, students are required to complete the following three units (45 credit points):
JOU2111Introduction to Journalism15
BRO1000iTalk@ECU: Presentation Skills15
PRN2225Media Relations15
Plus, students are required to complete two of the following three units (30 credit points):
POL2103 ^Terrorism15
HIS2140 ^Slavery: From Ancient Greece to the Modern Global Economy15
POL2127 ^Australian Government15
Plus, students are required to complete five of the following eight units (75 credit points):
POL3133 ^Visionaries, Warmongers and Protesters: American Political History Through Film (1950-1975)15
POL3124 ^Hitler and Stalin: Studies in Power, Ideology and Propaganda15
HIS3124 ^The History and Sociology of Genocide15
POL3109 ^China: The Rise of a Global Power15
POL3110 ^Global Politics and the Environment15
POL3170 ^Conflict and Cooperation: Global Challenges in an Age of Disruption15
POL3142 ^Gods, Guns and Gridlock: Why is American Politics Different?15

Plus students are required to complete the following three units (45 credit points):

^ 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, recognizing 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, policy/research positions with political parties, and with national and international non-government agencies.

Possible future job titles

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

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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