2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Politics 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.

The discipline of politics employs an exciting, vibrant and constantly changing body of ideas, approaches and methods to study the distribution of power and the workings of government and international organisations. The Politics major offers subjects in political theory, international relations, Australian politics, comparative politics, the politics of developing countries, public policy, culture and media. Students should study as broadly as possible across the areas offered by the discipline.

The purpose of the major is to acquaint students with key areas of politics as a discipline. Students examine the origins and nature of consent, authority, and consensus, which underpin the social order. Many factors are covered in this examination; political institutions, political economy, culture, class, gender and ethnicity. Politics can and does occur at many levels, from international relations to the nation state, from local communities to the individual.

The study of politics is not just to do with politics in the here and now, but concerns itself with both the past and the future. Whether it is a country being studied, relations between countries, or a body of political ideas, politics engages us with choices about how to live life and how best to contribute to society. Graduates have the skills desired by public, private and non-profit organisations, domestically and internationally.

Major Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate different political systems and the contexts in which they operate;
  2. Critically analyse political issues and policy debates;
  3. Evaluate the influence of key political thinkers and their influence on contemporary debates;
  4. Apply different research methods used to investigate political phenomena. 

Subjects Required for Major Study

A major in Politics consists of at least 48 credit points comprised as outlined below. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
POL 150Government, Power and Political Systems6Autumn
INTS206Methods in International Studies and Politics6Spring
POL 304Power and the State (Capstone)6Not offered in this year
Plus at least 30 credit points from the following. At least 18 credit points must be at 300-level.
POL 201Key Concepts and Thinkers in Political Theory6Autumn
POL 202Politics in the USA6Autumn
POL 221Australian Politics6Spring
POL 204Politics and the Media6Spring
POL 305Politics Internship12Not offered in this year
POL 306Complex Peace Operations6Not offered in this year
POL 311Politics of the Middle East6Not offered in this year
POL 308The Politics of Asian Development6Not offered in this year
POL 309Global Political Economy6Not offered in this year
POL 310Twentieth Century Dictatorships6Not offered in this year
POL 326Global Inequality6Not offered in this year
POL 327Culture and Politics6Not offered in this year
POL 328Special Topics in Politics6Not offered in this year
Students may take up to TWO from the following in their electives:
INTS121Global Politics and Power6Spring
INTS207Conflict, Peace & Security6Autumn
INTS200Model United Nations6Autumn
INTS204Global Aid and Development: Challenges and Prospects6Spring
STS 302Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures6Not offered in this year
STS 303Social Policy, Innovation & Politics6Not offered in this year

Subjects Required for Minor Study

A minor in Politics is available and consists of at least 24 credit points of subjects from the schedule of the politics major. At least 12 credit points must be at 200 level or higher.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

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:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 20 December, 2017