International Politics and Law BA Honours

Brexit, Trump, Trident, Middle-East, Terrorism. Get to grips with the big issues of the day and work in careers from diplomacy to foreign policy


3 years full-time




$11,300 (CA) $15,800 (INT)

Course Summary

Our course gives you the tools, insight and hands-on experience to succeed in the diverse and dynamic field of international politics. International politics has never been so relevant to our daily lives, which means that our BA in International Politics and Law will open up opportunities in all areas of this diverse and dynamic field, from public service, and international relations to regional organisations, NGOs, diplomacy, the media, and everything in between. Combining political theory and international relations with legal perspectives, you’ll develop your legal skills, enhance your critical and analytical thinking, and learn the political concepts and analytical tools that will help you advance your career in the increasingly complex field of global politics, international law and governance. You’ll study the key aspects of law and enhance your knowledge of CA, European and Middle Eastern geopolitics, international political economy, migration and human rights. You’ll be taught by people who are actively engaged in NGOs, CA, International and European Organisations, as well as think tanks. Your tutors work with Parliament on policy issues, the UN on sustainability, in the middle-east on conflict and post-conflict issues and a host of other important issues and policies. You’ll be part of one of the most culturally and socially diverse universities in the CA, exposing you to a wide range of new experiences and points of view. You’ll also get plenty of support from academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting edge research and advanced political study. Whether you want to focus on a politics degree or explore into international relations, economics or law, you’ll have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of specialist courses that will help shape your future career aspirations. You’ll gain transferable skills through experiential learning and direct participation in real-world political activities. Many of the modules are run with a focus on case studies so you can gain experience through studying real-life cases. You’ll also be able to gain invaluable hands-on experience through internships with national and international organisations, political institutions and civil society organisations. You’ll also take part in trips to organisations to experience what it’s like to work in a high-stress, dynamic environment. You’ll also receive full support – from your Student Learning Assistants to your Graduate Academic Assistant, each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, our Learning Enhancement team can help you with that too.

Course Content

You will explore the international political and legal processes and institutions, as well as a range different political and legal systems across the world. You will also cover the key ideas, concepts, theories and practices of politics and law. You will be introduced to the basic concepts of politics and political ideologies and international development issues which is balanced with an introduction to law and legal skills and public law. You will then focus on enhancing your understanding of international political theories and concepts and the international legal basis of human rights and relates them to the international social, economic, and political context in which they operate. Finally, you will combine your critical understanding of the aspects of public international law as well as concepts and theories of global and regional geopolitics with statecraft and legal practice in international politics. You will be able to analyse information and relevant areas of research from a variety of sources, and reflect upon and evaluate the principles, values and ideologies underlying perspectives on politics and law. You will demonstrate the necessary independent critical thinking skills required to explore further areas of interest within the subject areas, either through continued study or more general engagement with contemporary issues and debates.

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