International Relations Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study International Relations at Curtin
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International Relations

Undergraduate major

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

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  • Qualification
    International Relations Major (BA)
  • Credit
    200
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Why study International Relations at Curtin?

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.

Outline

Outline

International relations is a dynamic, multidisciplinary field that investigates the diplomatic, normative and economic relationships between different political bodies.

In this major you will explore contemporary global issues through various analytical frameworks of political theory, international relations theory, foreign policy, strategic studies and political history. You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the actors, institutions, and processes of international politics and organisations. 

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

You'll explore key political and regional issues impacting Australia – with an emphasis on the Indo-Pacific region – and examine statecraft, international trade, environmental change and emerging technologies.

You'll also gain skills in critical analysis, problem-solving, and written and oral communication, which underpin influential careers in international relations.

International Relations is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.

When coupled with Business Law or Economics you can complete this major as part of the Bachelor of Commerce.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

What jobs can the International Relations Major (BA) lead to?

Careers

  • Diplomat
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Signals analyst
  • Government agent
  • Journalist
  • Thinktank researcher
  • United Nations political affairs officer
  • Strategist
  • Foreign-policymaker
  • Public servant.

Industries

  • Diplomacy
  • International trade
  • Intelligence
  • Defence and military
  • Law enforcement
  • Government
  • International aid and development
  • International law.

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 to 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.

The international relations course helps students think broadly about the world we live in and how we can take action towards ensuring a sustainable future for humanity. The course enables students to engage with and understand cultural difference, and develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Laurelle Neugebauer

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

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You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma.

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Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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Fees & charges

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