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International Relations

Undergraduate double degree major

Study the art of diplomacy and policy-making, and explore contemporary global issues.

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Course outline

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Course outline



International relations is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary field that investigates the social, economic and environmental relationships between different political bodies.

This double degree major explores contemporary global issues through political theory, international relations theory, foreign policy, strategic studies and political history.

You’ll study the art of diplomacy and policymaking, geopolitical change, and national and regional security in military, political and geo-economic contexts.

Political and regional globalisation are explored in-depth, with an emphasis on the Asia Pacific. International trade, environmental change, resource management and human rights issues are also examined.

You’ll develop skills in critical analysis, problem-solving and written and oral communications – skills that underpin influential careers in international relations.

As a Curtin student you could also participate in an international study tour to Timor Leste.

What jobs can the International Relations course lead to?


  • Diplomat
  • Embassy/Consulate/High Commission Officials
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Signals Analyst
  • International Trade Policy
  • Strategic Policy Analyst
  • Cyber-Security Analyst
  • Research Officer
  • Public Servant
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Defence Force Officer
  • UN Political Affairs 
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Multicultural Affairs Liaison
  • Journalist
  • Political Scientist
  • Teacher


  • State and Commonwealth Government
  • International Non-Government Organisations
  • International Trade 
  • International Development
  • Think-Tanks

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the social and political sciences; the ability to apply a political and international perspective to the study of social life
  • demonstrate the ability to think and analyse critically, creatively and reflectively within politics and international relations and across disciplinary boundaries
  • demonstrate the ability locate relevant evidence from a wide range of sources and to make informed decisions about the significance of this information in the development of a political and international relations analysis of social life
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through a variety of written, oral and other formats to diverse audiences in ways appropriate in international relations
  • demonstrate the ability to use a variety of technologies and the ability to decide on their applications appropriately
  • show sustained intellectual curiosity by taking responsibility for one's own learning and intellectual development through the recognition of a range of learning strategies
  • demonstrate the capacity to understand socio-economic and political life in a range of local and global contexts through the recognition of international practices in political and international affairs
  • embrace the importance of cultural diversity and of human rights in the making of knowledge in the social and political sciences
  • provide both accountable and ethical prescriptions/solutions to the major issues and challenges involved in national, regional and world affairs

Why study International Relations

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

High national ranking

Curtin is Australia's top research institution in diplomacy and international relations.

The Australian's Research 2020 Magazine.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MDDU-INTRL
  • Last updated on: 12 June 2024

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