Politics and International Relations Major

Globalisation has revolutionised the face of business and the parameters within which it is conducted. A major in Politics and International Relations prepares the business graduates of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge to manage the complex challenges of a globalised economy.

Business students will learn about the broader political environment in which power and politics operates to determine business opportunities and practices. Students will gain analytical skills to assist them in understanding business activity and its location at both a national and international level.

As part of the Bachelor of Business degree, this major focuses on challenges around policy  practices at the national and international level, on the political ideas that inform these practices, and on how society and organisations respond to these challenges to develop sustainable social and organisational outcomes.

Suitable for business students with:

  • An interest in the interaction between governmental authorities and businesses.
  • A desire to deepen their understanding of micro and macro business activity in order to increase their employability overseas.
  • A commitment to improving global business practices through innovative strategies and projects.
  • An interest in social justice and how business can contribute to a better world.

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

This business major contains a variety of courses to help you learn about various aspects of political science, global business and economy and the systems that interact with business activity.

  • Policy: Through courses in politics you’ll learn about how policy is debated and implemented, develop skills to politically analyse the implications of policy for equity and sustainability as well as the implications of policy for global business.
  • Government: We offer a range of courses in systems of politics and how governments operate. You will consider the meaning of power and how the state exercises its authority within and through the business sector and broader economy.
  • Political Economy: Some of your business and politics courses will explore the intersection of political and economic dynamics and their relationships to law, customs, sustainability and government.
  • Social Change: Various politics courses will give you an insight into the implications around how business organisations contribute to the dynamics of social change with an emphasis on democracy, justice and equity.

Which degrees include this major?

The Bachelor of Business and any associated degree program allow you to study the Governance, Policy and Political Economy major:

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