Bachelor of Arts

International Relations

Unit set code

MJ-A310015 (major)

MN-A310015 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


International Relations provides you with a better understanding of global political systems and relationships. Why do states cooperate with each other? Why do they make war? How can we define power and security? What role does globalisation play in state interactions and how does the international system deal with issues such as human rights, humanitarian and environmental challenges? Examinations of the politics of the Asia-Pacific region and Australia’s place in the world are also key to this major.

Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of sectors, including aid and development organisations, education, the defence forces, foreign affairs and trade, government departments (including immigration and border security), intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations and research roles.

Students majoring in International Relations should also consider a complementary major sequence or electives in Politics and Policy Studies or major or minor in Middle East Studies.


  • To complete a Major sequence in International Relations select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in International Relations select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 5 units from:

AIR101World in Crisis

AIR102War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Responses

AIR242Key Concepts in International Relations

AIR348Activists Beyond Borders

AIR349Diplomacy and the United Nations

Plus 3 units selected from:

AIR255Critical Issues in Middle East Politics

AIP211Politics of Poverty and Prosperity

AIR200Global Capitalism and Power

AIR202Australia and the Changing Asia-Pacific

AIR203Human Rights in World Politics

AIS203Immersion Program: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

AIE255 Critical Issues in Middle East Politics [no longer available for enrolment]

Note: A study tour program is available as part of this major sequence. Please contact the Course Director for further information.