Undergraduate study in Politics and International Relations

What can you study in Politics and International Relations?

Undergraduate courses cover the five main strands in Politics and International Relations. Often a single course will cover two or more of these different strands.

Comparative politics

Understanding the politics of one country can be a good introduction to comparative politics. Comparative politics attempts to generalise across political systems and examines topics such as electoral systems and forms of government.

Politics and the media

You can analyse how politics is presented in television, radio, press and the internet. There are excellent audiovisual and print archives available.

International relations

The actors include states, international organisations (eg, the United Nations) and trans-national corporations. We look at human rights, global justice and inequality, foreign and trade policies, security, international political economy, international law and the development of a global civil society.

Public policy

This introduces you to the institutions and ideas you need to understand public policy. We study the design, analysis and evaluation of policy as well as the actors and institutions that influence the policy agenda and policy outcomes. There are also courses that focus on specific policy areas.

Political theory

Political theory runs through all aspects of Political Studies as well as being a specific study in itself. We study the history of political thought and discuss theoretical issues still alive today. Political theory analyses language such as "rights" and "sovereignty" and asks questions such as "Should people have a right to welfare or to vote?"
 

Undergraduate programmes in Politics and International Relations

You can study Politics and International Relations as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Politics and International Relations will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Politics and International Relations

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Politics and International Relations as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Politics and International Relations. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Politics and International Relations

For help with degree planning

Talk to the Arts Students' Centre.