Undergraduate studies

Undergraduate studies in Politics and International Relations tackle the most pressing contemporary challenges facing the world today.

Our teaching and research focuses on five key areas:

  • International relations - including GeoPolitics, World Politics, International Security, and Politics of International Economic Relations
  • Public policy - including Policy Analysis, Australian Foreign and Defence Policy, and Public Sector Management)
  • Political theory - exemplified by units on Political Analysis and Political Theory
  • Comparative politics - including units offered in Reform, Revolution and Post-Communism, South-East Asia, and the Politics of China
  • Australian politics - such as Media Politics and Australian Politics


With the new curriculum, students can choose from a Bachelor of Arts (3 years) or progress to the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (four years), or complete the dedicated Politics and International Relations stream (4 years).


The classroom
Our teaching combines lectures, tutorials, seminars, and practical assignments, engaging students in debates about contemporary issues as well as enduring concerns in the social sciences. Our Bachelor of Advanced Studies students will have the chance to complete project units, and conduct research for organisations in areas of public policy and international relations.

Career opportunities
In addition to politics, our graduates pursue diverse careers in the public service and non-profit sector, intelligence and risk analysis, as well as in journalism and communications, law and legal studies, consultancies and private sector management.

Credit for previous study
Related study can be credited to your degree as a form of recognition of prior learning (RPL). This means you won’t have to repeat similar units and could graduate sooner. Find out here about types of credit and how to apply.

For more information relating to undergraduate studies in Government and International Relations please contact our Undergraduate Coordinator Dr Madeleine Pill.

All administrative matters, including enrolment and degree rules, should be directed to the Student Administration Services.




Beginning in 2018, our new Politics and International Relations program will provide you with the tools to lead and make a difference.