International Relations

Master of International Relations
Graduate Diploma in International Relations
Graduate Certificate in International Relations

The Master of International Relations will encourage you to relate theoretical concepts to relevant world issues. You will graduate with specialist knowledge and an understanding of international affairs today, particularly within the realms of foreign policy, international security, international organisations, international economy, and globalisation. The International Relations program will be introduced into the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from Semester 1, 2014.


Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in International Relations are required to complete 24 credit points, including a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study and a maximum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study.

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in International Relations are required to complete 48 credit points, including a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study, a minimum of 24 credit points of core elective units of study, and a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Candidates for the Master of International Relations are required to complete 96 credit points, including a minimum of 30 credit points of core units of study, a minimum of 24 credit points of core elective units of study, a maximum of 36 credit points of elective units of study (which can include an optional minor as listed in the unit of study table), and a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study.*

* Masters Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of Prior Learning Full-Time Duration Credit Points Required Requirements for the Course                                                           
No background 2 years 96

- a minimum of 30 credit points of core units
- a minimum of 24 credit points of core elective units 
- a maximum of 36 credit points of elective units
- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units

A minor may be included as per the unit of study table

AQF Level 7 (Bachelor's degree in Humanities, Social Sciences or Law) 1.5 years 72

- a minimum of 18 credit points of core units
- a minimum of 18 credit points of core elective units
- a maximum of 30 credit points of elective units
- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units

A minor may be included as per the unit of study table

Relevant professional experience equivalent to Graduate Certificate) 1.5 years 72

- a minimum of 18 credit points of core units
- a minimum of 18 credit points of core elective units
- a maximum of 30 credit points of elective units
- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units

A minor may be included as per the unit of study table

AQF Level 8 (Honours in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law) 1 year 48 - a minimum of 12 credit points of core units
- a minimum of 18 credit points of core elective units
- a maximum of 12 credit points of capstone units
- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units

Core Units of Study

All Masters students complete the following cores;
Semester 1
GOVT6147 Foundations of International Relations

Semester 2
GOVT6137 Forces of Change in International Relations

Masters students required to complete 72 or 96 credit points must also complete;
August intensive
GOVT6116 International Organisations

Masters students required to complete 96 credit points must also complete;
Semester 1
GOVT6119 International Security
GOVT6123 Globalisation and Governance

Semester 2
GOVT6119 International Security

Core Elective Units of Study
Semester 1
GOVT6108 Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia
GOVT6111 Chinese Politics
GOVT6119 International Security
GOVT6123 Globalisation and Governance
GOVT6135 Global Environmental Politics
GOVT6147 Foundations of International Relations
GOVT6148 Dissertation Part 1
GOVT6149 Dissertation Part 2
GOVT6150 Comparative Democratic Politics
GOVT6220 The State, Secession and Civil War
GOVT6223 Topics in Environmental Politics
GOVT6301 Public Sector Ethics and Corruption
GOVT6311 Issues in Public Policy
GOVT6316 Policy Making, Power and Politics
GOVT6331 Public Management and Governance
CISS6002 Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific
CISS6009 Research Essay 1
CISS6010 Research Essay 2
CISS6019 War and Strategy

Semester 2
GOVT6103 Australia in Diplomacy, Defence and Trade
GOVT6119 International Security
GOVT6127 Research Project/Essay
GOVT6137 Forces of Change in International Relations
GOVT6148 Dissertation Part 1
GOVT6149 Dissertation Part 2
GOVT6156 Governance and Civil Society
GOVT6225 Essential Readings in International Relations
GOVT6304 Development and World Politics
GOVT6313 Leadership in Theory and Practice
GOVT6316 Policy Making, Power and Politics
GOVT6319 Governance and Public Policy Making
GOVT6331 Public Management and Governance
GOVT6357 International Policy Making
GOVT6358 Comparative Migration Policy
CISS6001 New Security Challenges
CISS6004 Health and Security
CISS6006 Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
CISS6008 Population and Security
CISS6009 Research Essay 1
CISS6010 Research Essay 2
CISS6011 Special Topic in International Security
CISS6015 Alliances and Coalition Warfare
CISS6022 Cybersecurity

Units offered outside normal teaching semesters
GOVT6116 International Organisations (Intensive, August)
GOVT6121 Northeast Asian Politics (Winter School)
CISS6013 Middle East Conflict and Security (Intensive, December)
CISS6020 Geopolitics of Energy Security in Asia (Summer School)

Capstone Units of Study
Students completing a Masters in International Relations are required to complete at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study. Students complete either of the following two capstone options;

(1) Semester-long research project;
Semester 2
GOVT6127 Research Project/Essay

(2) Year-long dissertation project;
Semester 1
GOVT6139 Research Design
Semesters 1 and 2
GOVT6340 Dissertation Part 1
GOVT6341 Dissertation Part 2

Optional Minor

Students who take 18 credits within a single cognate discipline with relevance to International Relations will be awarded a Minor as part of their degree. Optional minors available are;

- Foreign Language
- Economics
- Political Economy
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Sociology, Social Policy and Development
- International Law


Foreign Language Minor
Available semesters 1 and 2
ASNS6010 Asian Language Acquisition 1
ASNS6011 Asian Language Acquisition 2
ASNS6012 Asian Language Acquisition 3
ASNS6013 Asian Language Acquisition 4
EUST7010 European Language Acquisition 1
EUST7011 European Language Acquisition 2
EUST7012 European Language Acquisition 3
EUST7013 European Language Acquisition 4

Economics Minor
Semester 1
ECON6001 Microeconomic Analysis 1
ECON6002 Macroeconomic Analysis 2
ECON6016 Trade and Development
EONC6018 Environmental Economics
ECON6025 Strategic Decision Making
ECON6101 Special Topic in Economics
ECON6901 Microeconomics Analysis 2
ECON6902 Macroeconomics Analysis 2

Semester 2
ECON6001 Microeconomic Analysis 1
ECON6002 Macroeconomic Analysis 2
ECON6006 Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour
ECON6008 International Money and Finance
ECON6009 Economics of the Labour Market
ECON6010 Public Economics
ECON6021 Financial Economics
ECON6023 International Trade
ECON6024 Private Equity
ECON6101 Special Topic in Economics


Political Economy Minor
Semester 1
ECOP6010 International Trade Regulation
ECOP6011 USA-Europe-Japan: From Growth to Crisis
ECOP6016 China in the World Economy
ECOP6101 Core Concepts in Political Economy
ECOP6103 Strategic Debates on Economic Change
ECOP6901 Finance and Economic Change

Semester 2
ECOP6015 Global Employment and Migration
ECOP6018 Economic Development: Growth & Wellbeing
ECOP6101 Core Concepts in Political Economy
ECOP6108 Economic Management for Sustainability
ECOP6130 Human Rights & International Development


Peace and Conflict Studies Minor
Semester 1
PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security
PACS6909 Cultures of Violence
PACS6911 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice
PACS6922 Peaceful Conflict Transformation
PACS6923 The Human Right to Food
PACS6924 Democracy in the Developing World
PACS6930 Ethics for a Sustainable Peace

Semester 2
PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security
PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice
PACS6917 Religion, War and Peace
PACS6923 The Human Right to Food
PACS6924 Democracy in the Developing World
PACS6925 Peace and the Global Compact

Units offered in intensive mode or with Summer School
PACS6911 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies (July)
PACS6912 Nonviolence: Philosophy & Practice (Summer)
PACS6913 Conflict in Organisations (Summer)
PACS6914 Conflict Resolving Media (March)
PACS6921 Peace of Mind: The Psychology of Peace (Winter)
PACS6927 Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice
PACS6934 Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice


Sociology, Social Policy and Development Minor
Semester 1
DVST6901 Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing
DVST6904 Rethinking Poverty
DVST6905 Development Project Evaluation
SCLG6902 Doing Social Research

Semester 2
DVST6901 Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing
DVST6902 Development: Communication and Education
DVST6904 Rethinking Poverty
DVST6906 Culture & Politics of Health Development
HRTD6906 The Philosophy of Human Rights
SCLG6903 New Debates in Social Theory


International Law Minor
Semester 2
LAWS6243 International Law I
LAWS6161 International Human Rights

Units offered in intensive mode or with Summer School
LAWS6047 Law of the Sea (June)
LAWS6061 International Environmental Law (April)
LAWS6062 International Law: Use of Armed Force (Sept)
LAWS6119 The State and Global GOvernance (Sept)
LAWS6218 International Humanitarian Law (May)
LAWS6243 International Law I (March)
LAWS6846 Human Rights and the Global Economy (August)
LAWS6856 Anti-Terrorism Law (August)
LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution (Sept)
LAWS6916 International Investment Law (March)
LAWS6928 Law, Justice and Development (April)