International Politics BA Honours

Focus on international relations, human rights and global security with a course that leads to a satisfying career in this exciting sector


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 our international politics degree 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. During your BA in politics, you’ll study the key themes, concepts and theories related to international politics, and gain a solid understanding of international political processes and systems through policy analysis, role playing, masterclasses and interactive debates. Covering the fundamental aspects of international politics, you’ll enhance your critical and analytical skills, and learn the different theoretical perspectives to enhance your understanding of international relations, global security, human rights and development. Build hands-on practical experience in international politics You’ll be part of one of the most culturally and socially diverse universities in the CA, with plenty of support from academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting edge research and advanced political study. Whether you want to focus on politics or delve 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, direct participation in real-world political activities, and short-term work placement opportunities in both public and private institutions. During your studies, you’ll have the option to extend your course and spend your third year in a paid work placement. Here, you’ll gain invaluable hands-on experience and get the chance to test and improve your skills in the real world. You’ll also receive a full support – from your Student Learning Assistant 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 with that too. Whether you want to focus on politics, international relations, law or something else altogether, this course equips you with skills to help you on your way.

Course Content

The first year of the programme provides grounding in the four key areas and their overlapping relevance at international level. An introduction to key concepts and theories of international politics, the wider relevance of social scientific perspectives on globally experienced problems, an introduction to global development issues and an introduction to issues of globalisation and governance are the main focus. In Year 2, three core modules sharpen the focus on theories of international relations, global political economy perspectives and the provision of research methods training in preparation for the final year dissertation. Students also select from one of two option modules in Year 2.The final year involves greater independent study through completion of a dissertation and a focus on geopolitical perspectives in a final year core module. Students then select two of four optional modules and are actively encouraged to undertake a work placement module to enhance employability. Modules in public international law, humanitarianism, and migration and citizenship complete the range of options available. Upon graduation, 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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