Studying online

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Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit explores the international relations of the Indian Ocean Rim (IOR), including key historical, political, economic, security, strategic, diplomatic, cultural and environmental factors that shape the contemporary region. The flagship unit is designed and delivered in collaboration with regional university partners from the IOR. It is rotationally delivered on location at an IOR partner university campus as an intensive program involving formal teaching, engagement with policymakers and practitioners, socio-cultural immersion, and professional networking. Places are capped with an internal expression of interest process. The unit provides students with a unique opportunity to 'study International Relations while practicing international relations' and to build cross-cultural knowledge and competence by directly engaging with academics, diplomats and students from different cultural and political contexts in the IOR.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced understanding of international relations in the Indian Ocean region; (2) complete a capstone experience to consolidate program learning (unit and/or professional placement and/or dissertation); (3) demonstrate advanced professional writing skills for careers in international relations; (4) demonstrate advanced analytical skills for careers in international relations; and (5) demonstrate professional communication and/or cross-cultural and/or behavioural and/or networking skills for careers in international relations.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) group project; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Unit rules
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.
Approved quota: 15—an internal application/Expression of Interest process is developed to recruit and select the most appropriate students (academic merit based on WAM over first 24 points in the program; equity considerations)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Food, travel and accommodation only, includes visa related charges (estimated cost - $2000 - $5000).
Contact hours
9 sessions, 3 hours each session
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.