About Us

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In 1917, the first-ever Australian politics department was established at the University of Sydney, and renamed the Department of Government and International Relations in 1947. Today, the Department has become a large, diverse and thriving community producing internationally-recognized research. Around 30 academic staff combine scholarly understanding of politics and international relations with work addressing practical policy problems and contemporary political challenges facing the world.

Our teaching and research focuses on five key areas: international relations (issues such as terrorism, globalization and security), public policy (including environmentalism, immigration, and crisis management), political theory (ideas such as representative democracy, human rights, environmentalism, and feminism), comparative politics (focusing in particular upon the Asia-Pacific region), and Australian politics (including elections, parties, and the media).

Undergraduates in Government and International Relations can pursue majors or Honours degrees. Graduates have opportunities for Diplomas and Masters Degrees in Public Policy or International Studies, and for MPhil and PhD research degrees. Our graduates are highly sought after by leading private and public sector employers.