2017 Undergraduate Courses
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International Relations Major | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

International relations is a vibrant, growing and constantly evolving discipline designed for students interested in careers in foreign affairs and international organisation, or any organisation that has a focus beyond Australia’s borders. Students will do core subjects on how global politics works, on how security is envisioned and conflict managed and on the role of the state in the new millennium. They will partake in a model United Nations (UN), discussing ideas and brainstorming solutions to global challenges as model diplomats learning not just about the UN, but about negotiation skills and policy development. Students can choose from a range of electives covering issues from war and peace to international law and global political economics.

The International Relations major is available to students in the Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt) and the Bachelor of Arts (BA). There is a difference of one subject in the structure depending on the degree students are enrolled in.

Please refer to the correct relevant structure for your degree.

Bachelor of Arts

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

1. Identify the role played by key actors in international relations, including states, intergovernmental, nongovernmental and international organisations, transnational corporations, civil society and individuals;

2. Identify and critically evaluate the core concepts and theories that guide global politics in the 21st century;

3. Critically analyse the impact of the global economic and security systems on international relations;

4. Engage with the contemporary challenges facing global society and evaluate policies implemented to address them;

5. Communicate a deep understanding of multiple worldviews, experiences, and power structures in addressing significant global challenges.


Bachelor Of International Studies 

Subjects Required for Major Study 

Students will be required to complete at least 48 credit points including:

  • 24 credit points of core subjects;
  • At least 24 credit points of electives from the list below including at least 18 credit points at 300 level. 
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
INTS121 Global Politics and Power 6 Spring
INTS200 Model United Nations 6 Autumn
INTS207 Conflict, Peace & Security 6 Autumn
POL 309 Global Political Economy (Capstone) 6 Not available in 2017
Students must take FOUR from the following including at least THREE at 300 level
LAW 101 Law, Business and Society 6 Autumn
POL 202 Politics in the USA 6 Autumn
POL 221 Australian Politics 6 Spring
POL 204 Politics and the Media 6 Spring
HIST293 China since 1949 6 Autumn
HIST257 The World After 1945 6 Autumn
JAPA220 The Making of a Globalised Japan 6 Autumn
INTS311 Human Security, Global Capitalism and the Environment 6 Not available in 2017
POL 304 Power and the State 6 Not available in 2017
POL 306 Complex Peace Operations 6 Not available in 2017
POL 311 Politics of the Middle East 6 Not available in 2017
HIST371 Twentieth Century Dictatorships 6 Not available in 2017
POL 326 Global Inequality 6 Not available in 2017
LAW 343 International Law 6 Autumn
INTS352 Special Topics in International Relations 6 Not available in 2017
LAW 354 Human Rights Law 6 Autumn
SOC 356 Cultures in Dispossession 6 Not available in 2017
HIST358 War and Society 6 Not available in 2017
HIST359 Imperial Connections: Britain's Empire 6 Not available in 2017


Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder.  Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:

Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 20 December, 2017