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Politics and International Relations Major

Study a Politics and International Relations Major at the University of Newcastle

Are you interested in studying the political decisions of our local, state and National representatives? Are you curious about foreign policy? Perhaps you can see yourself negotiating international agreements or providing assistance to Australians overseas? Studying the Politics and International Relations major is an excellent way to gain an understanding of important questions about public office.

As part of the Bachelor of Arts degree, you’ll use a multidisciplinary approach to the Politics and International Relations major to learn about the impact of policies, religion, ethnicity, nationalism and globalisation on international affairs. You will study these areas from a range of perspectives, including historical, sociological, political and geographic disciplines.

Suitable for arts and humanities students with:Gain a critical understanding of the principles of foreign policy and diplomacy with a major in politics and international relations.

  • An interest in learning about political systems and how decisions of policy are made.
  • Goals to broaden their understanding of political theory and how it can initiate social change.
  • A commitment to examining the nature of Australian politics and key political issues driving debate at various government tiers.

What do you learn in a Politics and International Relations major?

When you choose a Politics and International Relations major you are able to study a range of courses in religion, and learn various sociological approaches to belief systems around the world:

  • Politics: Politics courses within this major enable you to understand the nature of political systems, both in Australia and internationally, key political ideas, theories and terminology, and the impact of politics in terms of how decisions are made about the allocation of scarce resources and the resolution of social problems.
  • International Relations: International relations courses within this major will give you a strong understanding of all aspects of international relations, including foreign policy, Australia's place in the world, and in so far as they impact on policy making, religion, ethnicity and nationalism. Related themes and elective courses cover diplomacy, strategic and defence studies, foreign languages, trade negotiations, terrorism, areas studies, international organisation and globalisation.
  • Political Ideas and Systems: A primary focus of this major will be a series of courses which introduce students to the various ideologies and political systems in Western tradition. These include liberalism, democracy, feminism, nationalism and Marxism.

What jobs can you get with a major in Politics and International Relations?

International relations is an expanding area of study. Recruiting occurs in various government departments, in particular the intelligence community, Defence and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Positions in the government and/or the private sector will often lead you overseas.

As a graduate of an international relations major, you will have the ability to work in a wide range of employment sectors, including:

  • business
  • community and welfare services
  • education and research
  • foreign affairs and trade
  • local, state and federal government policy and administration
  • media
  • political parties, interest groups and associations

Some of our successful recent graduates have found work as diplomats, defence intelligence analysts and in other areas of public policy. Working in this area may involve writing or editing foreign policy, negotiating international agreements, providing assistance to Australians overseas, or working in one of over 80 Embassies, Consulates or High Commissions in a number of countries around the world. Competitive graduate positions are available.

Which degrees include a Politics and International Relations major?

Studying the Bachelor of Arts degree or any associated degree program allows you to enrol in the Politics and International Relations major.

  • For more information about the Bachelor of Arts program structure, please refer to the handbook.
  • For more information about the Bachelor of Social Science, please refer to the handbook.

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