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Politics, policy and international studies

Address some of society's biggest global challenges
Gain an understanding of how relations between different countries and governments are structured and maintained.

Our politics, policy and international studies area of study includes degrees in health security, international and global studies, international security, international relations, political economy, government, politics and public policy. 

These varied and interdisciplinary areas focus on political, foreign and national affairs affecting Australia and the world today, while some of our degrees also cover the philosophical background behind political theories, concepts and ideologies. 

Why study politics, policy and international studies with us?

  • We are ranked 2nd in Australia and 18th in the world for politics and international studies.*
  • We offer a broad range of student placements, allowing you to gain hands on workplace experience. 
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines.
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible** students. 
  • We offer a wide range of scholarships  and prizes designed to recognise potential, assist those in need and reward high achievement.  
  • Join our community, which includes notable alumni such as the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW and Leader of the NSW Liberal Party, and Mark Scott, former Managing Director of the ABC. 

*QS World University World Rankings by Subject 2018

**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Our study offering

Experience a wide range of US-focused units and benefit from the expertise of Australia's largest group of academics working on the United States. Informed by our dedicated United States Studies Centre, American Studies offers unique perspectives on history, culture, society and politics.   

Undergraduate   

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Research  

Health Security addresses the challenge of responding to adverse health events at local and global levels. Learn to manage complex health events and their social and economic consequences with these intellectually rigorous, flexible, multidisciplinary degrees. 

Postgraduate 

Research  

International and Global Studies gives you a rigorous understanding of the paradoxes and complex interconnections of globalisation. This degree will equip you with the ability to work in global society. 

Undergraduate 

Understand traditional and emerging security challenges and apply theories to current events and policy debates. Explore complex, interconnected issues such as causes and consequences of war; ethnic, religious and ideological conflict; and threats from climate change, disease and nuclear proliferation. We will draw on economics, political science, law, business, public health and more.

Postgraduate 

Research  

Develop skills and knowledge in globalisation, development, democracies, processes of state formation, international organisations, theories of international relations, international political economy and security, global environmental politics, and Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian politics.

Postgraduate 

Research  

Political Economy focuses on the links between the economy, society and political interests. It deals with important challenges such as economic instability and uneven development, employment and inequitable income distribution, the globalisation of economic activity, and environmental sustainability. Enhance your understanding of the modern economy by exploring the dynamics of corporate globalisation, the concentration of economic activity, wealth and opportunities, and the trade-offs between health, education and social services.

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Postgraduate 

Research  

Politics is the study of the nature of governments and the distribution of power at the domestic level. With our wide range of degrees, gain the knowledge, theoretical understanding and practical skills to engage with politics and understand the key elements of political systems, including government institutions, political parties, and social movements. You will also compare key elements of political systems including government institutions, political parties, interest groups, elections, patterns of political participation, and social movements.

International Relations is the study of the international political and economic system. Explore the historical development of that system, understand the actors, institutions, and processes of international politics and develop a critical insight into the forces governing the behaviour of states, the factors that lead to military conflict or peaceful co-operation, and the current trends towards a world that is both more globally integrated and fragmented.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Postgraduate 

 Research  

Gain critical perspectives on the global, national and local levels of a rapidly changing policy environment with growing public scrutiny and complex challenges. Explore the opportunities and constraints stemming from political, social, economic, civil and technological factors at both the national and global levels.

Postgraduate 

Where can studies in politics, policy and international studies lead you? 

A degree in politics, policy and international studies will develop your analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills and open the doors to careers across government, not-for-profit and consulting organisations. 

Career pathways:

  • Communications specialist 
  • Foreign diplomat
  • Journalist 
  • Media adviser   
  • Policy analysts
  • Political affairs officer 
  • Political campaigner
  • Political consultant 
  • Public relations consultant. 

Yun Liu
Yun Liu – International and Global Studies (Honours) graduate and Research Analyst at the International Monetary Fund
“My passion in international development started with studying International and Global Studies. The program, particularly the honours year, honed my critical thinking and analytical skills through rigorous and independent research. It also taught me to appreciate the diversity of cultures and prepped me well to become an open-minded global citizen – all of which has been crucial to my work at the International Monetary Fund.”
Download the undergraduate course guide (pdf, 4.8MB)

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