UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Alex Pannell

My major in Political Science and International Relations provided me with dynamic and flexible study opportunities to explore countries and organisations from all around the world. Students are supported by engaging and passionate staff with expertise in influential global organisations, global politics and international relations.

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

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 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 POLS1101 The Liberal Democratic State None
S2 POLS1102 The Contemporary International System None

Level 2

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy Prerequisites: any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS3301 Public Policy
S1 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
S1 POLS2214 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict Prerequisites: any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS3314 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict
N/A POLS2216 Politics in the USA Prerequisites: any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS3316 Politics in the USA
S2 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

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
NS ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia Prerequisites: a Level 2 ASIA unit or a Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility: SOCS2228 Democratisation in Asia
S1 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
S2 POLS3313 Australian Foreign Policy Prerequisites: any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS2213 Australian Foreign Policy
S2 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
N/A POLS3324 Islam and World Politics Prerequisites: any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS2224 Islam and World Politics
S2 POLS3326 Political Science Internship Prerequisites: any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit, subject to faculty placement
Incompatibility: POLS3301 Public Policy
N/A POLS3327 Contemporary Political Theory Prerequisites: any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS2227 Contemporary Political Theory
S1 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 States, Welfare and Environmental Policy 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 (opens in a new window)

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 Commerce, Bachelor of Design 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 (opens in a new window)

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

Second major

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

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

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 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 POLS1101 The Liberal Democratic State None
S2 POLS1102 The Contemporary International System None

Level 2

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy Prerequisites: any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS3301 Public Policy
S1 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
S1 POLS2214 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict Prerequisites: any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS3314 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict
N/A POLS2216 Politics in the USA Prerequisites: any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS3316 Politics in the USA
S2 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

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
NS ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia Prerequisites: a Level 2 ASIA unit or a Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility: SOCS2228 Democratisation in Asia
S1 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
S2 POLS3313 Australian Foreign Policy Prerequisites: any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS2213 Australian Foreign Policy
S2 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
N/A POLS3324 Islam and World Politics Prerequisites: any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS2224 Islam and World Politics
S2 POLS3326 Political Science Internship Prerequisites: any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit, subject to faculty placement
Incompatibility: POLS3301 Public Policy
N/A POLS3327 Contemporary Political Theory Prerequisites: any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility: POLS2227 Contemporary Political Theory
S1 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 States, Welfare and Environmental Policy 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 (opens in a new window)

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.