Graduate Diploma in International Relations

This course is intended for those who already hold a degree but who wish to undertake further study so that they can proceed to a master's degree, or who wish to obtain advanced qualifications in the field of international relations. The course is designed both for those purely interested in acquiring a better understanding of global governance and politics and for those seeking a qualification to enhance their career prospects. Expertise in international relations complements qualifications in a range of professional and other areas and has application to a variety of employment options.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in International Relations
Award abbreviation
GradDipIntRelns
Course code
11380
Course type
postgraduate diploma
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
069310E

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr David Mickler
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Arts Student Office
6488 2091 / 6488 2853
postgrad-arts@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2020;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSPOLS5641International Security
Incompatibility:
POLS8604 Problems of International Security; POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
NSPOLS5651Global Political Economy
Incompatibility:
POLS8605 States and International Political Economy; POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
seminars: 20 hours
NSPOLS5661Foundations of International Relations
Incompatibility:
POLS8606 Theory and Method in International Relations; POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches; POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5681Governance in the International System
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5688The Evolution of International Society
Incompatibility:
POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
seminars: 18 hours

Take units to the value of 18 points from Group A or from Group A and Group B (maximum value of 6 points from Group B).

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
SSPOLS5301Democracy in Divided Societies
This unit is delivered intensively.
NSPOLS5611Religion, Global Identities and World Politics
Incompatibility:
POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
18 hours
N/APOLS5612World Politics: Muslims in the West
Incompatibility:
POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5631International Relations of the Asia–Pacific
Incompatibility:
POLS8603 International Relations in the Asia–Pacific Region; POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers; POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
NSPOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5672Global Development Debates
seminars: 18 hours
N/APOLS5683US Foreign Policy
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5684China and the World
seminars:18 hours
NSPOLS5686International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights
seminars: 18 hours (over the course of a semester)
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
up to 30 hours
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
seminars: 18 hours
NSSOCS5105International Collaborative Study Experience
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in: 11580 Master of International Relations, 21540 Master of International Relations and Master of International Law, 11380 Graduate Diploma in International Relations, or 12580 Master of Asian Studies.
20 hours delivered intensively across 1 to 2 weeks
SSSOCS5200Digital Advocacy
1 week (30 hours) intensive split between lectures (15 hours) and practical training (15 hours); project workshops: 4 x 1 hour; final workshop: 8 hours. Summer: delivered intensively.
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities

Take units as per sequence notes in Group A:

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/ACHIN5001Chinese for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
CHIN1401 Chinese 1
language seminars: 2 hours per week over 6 weeks; online learning; Saturday block seminars (refer to the unit outline for further details)
N/AINDO5001Indonesian for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
INDO1401 Indonesian 1
language seminars: 2 hours per week over 6 weeks; self-directed learning; Saturday teaching blocks (refer to the unit outline for further details)
N/AJAPN5001Japanese for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
JAPN1401 Japanese 1
language seminars: 2 hours per week over 6 weeks; self-directed learning; Saturday block seminars (refer to the unit outline for further details)
N/AKORE5001Korean for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
KORE1401 Korean 1
language seminars: 4 hours per week over 6 weeks; online learning; Saturday block seminar (refer to the unit outline for further details)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a relevant major;

or

(b) (i) a Graduate Certificate in International Relations, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 11380 Graduate Diploma in International Relations (48 points)
  • 11580 Master of International Relations (96 points)
  • 12280 Graduate Certificate in International Relations (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Graduate Diploma in International Relations course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and who have been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(3) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who have previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fail again to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.