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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations)

Study arts and social sciences with us in 2018

Why study with us?

  • With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 15th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

  • Gain invaluable first-hand experience in real-life projects through our fourth year placement program.

Overview

This degree covers all aspects of political, cultural and economic relations at both the domestic and international levels. It explores the world-shaping political forces that extend far beyond national boundaries and impact our lives in unexpected ways.

You will engage with contemporary issues such as the Syrian War, nuclear proliferation, the global refugee crisis, the crisis in the international political economy, the implications of Brexit, and what the election of President Trump means for the world, Australia, and you.

You will graduate with a double major in Politics and International Relations, which you complete in the first three years of the degree, and work with a team of leading academics and researchers to identify and evaluate current affairs and issues that shape global politics.

Fourth year focuses entirely on the practical study of Politics and International Relations. You can complete advanced coursework and a substantial project or undertake a dedicated internship program to gain first-hand experience in real-life projects with one of our partner organisations.

Majors

Note: Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below as well as in Australian Literature, Celtic Studies, Criminology, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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Your fee

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What you'll study

SAMPLE COURSE STRUCTURE:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations stream)

 Year   Sem   Unit of study   Unit of study
 Unit of study
 Unit of study

 1

 1

 Introduction to  International Relations    

 Popular Culture and  Politics

 Elective

 Sociology major

 

 2

 Introduction to Politics

 Contemp Issues in Pols and Int Relations I (Program-specific unit)

 Elective

 Sociology  major

 2 

 1

 Intermediate International  Relations 

 Making Policy in Political Context  Open Learning  Environment  units 

 Sociology  major

 

 2

 Political Analysis 
 Contemp Issues in Pols and Int Relations II (Program-specific unit)  Open Learning  Environment  units  Sociology  major                    

 3 

 1

 PIR elective 
 PIR elective 
 Sociology  major
 Sociology  major

 

 2

 PIR plective 
 PIR advanced 
 Sociology  major
 Sociology  major

 4 

 1

 Project unit  Advanced coursework 
 Advanced  coursework 
 Elective

 

 2

 Project unit      Advanced coursework 
 Advanced  coursework 
 Elective

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations) allow you to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables you to have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in real-life projects with one of our partner organisations through the fourth-year placement program.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • current affairs journalist
  • diplomat
  • government and public service administrator
  • non-government or private sector administrator
  • policy researcher and consultant 
  • political adviser
  • think tank participant
Future study

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector and leading media organisations to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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