Political Science and International Relations major

Societies can only continue to exist if they solve the problem of internal order and are able to protect themselves from external threats. Political Science and International Relations studies how societies govern themselves and the collective decisions, or public policies, they need, or choose, to make. Attention is given to the different ways government is organised; values such as liberty, participation, majority rule and minority rights which inform political institutions and public policy; and ideologies such as conservatism, liberalism, socialism, feminism and environmentalism which have motivated much political action in modern societies. International relations focuses on the ways in which states and peoples interact with other states, regional or global political organisations, and social movements in an increasingly interdependent world.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an appreciation of the nature and significance of politics as a human activity; (2) demonstrate knowledge of multiple political systems, both domestic and international; (3) demonstrate knowledge of influential normative ideas or ideologies which inform political activity; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of one or more major fields/sub-fields within political science and international relations.

Degree-specific major

Political Science and International Relations can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Political Science and International Relations is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 POLS1101 The Liberal Democratic State
S2 POLS1102 The Contemporary International System

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3301 Public Policy
N/A POLS2202 Australian Politics: Institutions, Campaigning and Spin
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2203 Australian Democracy; POLS3303 Australian Democracy
S2 POLS2204 The Politics of Gender
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points
N/A POLS2207 The Evolution of International Order
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 Political Science and International Relations unit
N/A POLS2211 History of Political Ideas
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3311 History of Political Ideas
N/A POLS2214 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3314 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict
S2 POLS2216 Politics in the USA
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3316 Politics in the USA
S1 POLS2220 Foundations of Global Political Economy
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3320 International Political Economy
S1, NS POLS2231 Politics of the Mass Media
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3331 Politics of the Mass Media
N/A POLS2232 Global Governance
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3332 Global Governance
S2 POLS2233 International Relations in East Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3333 International Relations in East Asia

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2, NS ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
SOCS2228 Democratisation in Asia
N/A POLS3302 South Asia and the Middle East: Foreign Relations and Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
S1 POLS3308 Politics in Greater China
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2208 Politics in Greater China
N/A POLS3313 Australian Foreign Policy
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2213 Australian Foreign Policy
N/A POLS3317 Politics of New Europe
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2217 Politics of New Europe
N/A POLS3323 Elections, Mass Media and Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2223 Elections, Mass Media and Politics
S1 POLS3324 Islam and World Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2224 Islam and World Politics
S2 POLS3326 Political Science Internship
Prerequisites:
completion of 36 points and subject to faculty placement. Students are encouraged to undertake Political Science and International Relations units such as POLS2201.
Incompatibility:
POLS3301 Public Policy
N/A POLS3327 Contemporary Political Theory
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2227 Contemporary Political Theory
S2 POLS3334 The International Politics of Africa
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
S2 POLS3335 Social Movements and the Politics of Change
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
N/A POLS3342 Global Environmental Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2229 States, Welfare and Environmental Policy

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Political Science and International Relations degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-POLSC

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Political Science and International Relations degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-POLSC-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Political Science and International Relations can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Political Science and International Relations can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Political Science and International Relations second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 POLS1101 The Liberal Democratic State
S2 POLS1102 The Contemporary International System

Level 2

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3301 Public Policy
N/A POLS2202 Australian Politics: Institutions, Campaigning and Spin
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2203 Australian Democracy; POLS3303 Australian Democracy
S2 POLS2204 The Politics of Gender
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points
N/A POLS2207 The Evolution of International Order
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 Political Science and International Relations unit
N/A POLS2211 History of Political Ideas
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3311 History of Political Ideas
N/A POLS2214 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3314 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict
S2 POLS2216 Politics in the USA
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3316 Politics in the USA
S1 POLS2220 Foundations of Global Political Economy
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3320 International Political Economy
S1, NS POLS2231 Politics of the Mass Media
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3331 Politics of the Mass Media
N/A POLS2232 Global Governance
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3332 Global Governance
S2 POLS2233 International Relations in East Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3333 International Relations in East Asia

Level 3

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2, NS ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
SOCS2228 Democratisation in Asia
N/A POLS3302 South Asia and the Middle East: Foreign Relations and Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
S1 POLS3308 Politics in Greater China
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2208 Politics in Greater China
N/A POLS3313 Australian Foreign Policy
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2213 Australian Foreign Policy
N/A POLS3317 Politics of New Europe
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2217 Politics of New Europe
N/A POLS3323 Elections, Mass Media and Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2223 Elections, Mass Media and Politics
S1 POLS3324 Islam and World Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2224 Islam and World Politics
S2 POLS3326 Political Science Internship
Prerequisites:
completion of 36 points and subject to faculty placement. Students are encouraged to undertake Political Science and International Relations units such as POLS2201.
Incompatibility:
POLS3301 Public Policy
N/A POLS3327 Contemporary Political Theory
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2227 Contemporary Political Theory
S2 POLS3334 The International Politics of Africa
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
S2 POLS3335 Social Movements and the Politics of Change
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
N/A POLS3342 Global Environmental Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2229 States, Welfare and Environmental Policy

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Political Science and International Relations can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-POLSC

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Political Science and International Relations can also be taken as a degree-specific major.