Government and International Relations (Faculty of Arts) (Undergraduate)
This subject area if offered by the School of Social and Political Sciences (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
Government and International Relations is a comprehensive political science department. It offers systematic and extended study in all major aspects of government and politics. It covers national, comparative, and international politics. It focuses on Australian politics, regional politics in Asia and the Pacific, comparative authoritarian and democratic politics, the ways in which societies deal with problems such as environmental issues through public-policy making, the interactions of states and other actors in international relations, and political theory. Students are invited to follow their interests through the range of elective units the department offers. These electives cover topics such as Australian politics, Australian foreign and defence policy, international relations, international business and politics, the state and the economy, politics in Asia and the Pacific, American politics, European politics, communist and post-communist systems, public policy and public management, international security, human rights, political institutions, political theory, and more. The junior units offer fundamental concepts and structures that support further study in senior units. The honours preparation units offer an additional opportunity for high achieving students who wish to pursue an honours year of concentrated political science study.
This is an optional secondary major for the Bachelor of Commerce and a Major II option for the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies). Students in other degrees (including combined) should refer to the their particular degree's resolutions and requirements for the ability to complete this major in their degree.
Requirements for the major
Note. The following information is for students who commenced study in their degree from 2006. Students who commenced prior to 2006 should refer to the information below listed under "Pre-2006 continuing students".
For the award of a major in Government and International Relations, students complete:
(i) 12 credit points in junior (1000-level) prerequisite 'GOVT' units of study (12 credit points) selected the options specified under the Government and International Relations major in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.
(ii) a minimum of 36 credit points in senior (2000 and 3000-level) 'GOVT' units of study selected the options specified under the Government and International Relations major in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook. * Students commencing from 2014 must include at least one 3000-level elective in their major.
* The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences allows students to complete a maximum of 12 credit points in cross listed non-'GOVT' units from other departments are part of this major. For details of the available cross-listed units, students should refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.
Note: Senior units of study can only be counted towards the requirements for one major. Senior units cannot be "double counted" towards two majors. For example, GOVT2221 cannot be counted towards both a major in Government and International Relations and a major in International Business.
Please Note. Students who commenced study in their degree prior to 2008 can find the requirements for this major in the former Faculty of Economics and Business' handbook of the year they commenced study.
Pre-2006 continuing students
Requirements for the Government and International Relations major for students who commenced study in their degree prior to 2006
Pre-2006 continuing students should follow the requirements for their major as set out in the following downloadable PDFs. Students should also refer to the handbook of the year they commenced study for exact details of their degree and major requirements.
- Requirements for a Government and International Relations major and double major for students who commenced study in their degree before 2006
Availability of this major in Business School degrees
Students may also be able to complete this major under the following degrees. (Restrictions on the availability of this major apply. Its availability is subject to the credit point restrictions on units from other faculties in course rules of these degrees and restrictions based on other compulsory requirements of these degrees).
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).
Pre-2011 continuing students enrolled in these Business School degrees can also complete a major or electives in Government and International Relations: FH029 Bachelor of Economics, FH035 Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (electives only); and Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (students who commenced study prior to 2008 only).