Master of International Relations - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 12 units to complete
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This course has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in units.

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Mon - Fri: 8am - late

Sat & Sun: 9am - 5pm

All times in Australian Eastern
Standard Time (AEST) or Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Please note: This application section for this course has been removed because this course will no longer be on offer to new students in 2015. Students already working towards this program, please refer to the course structure provided below.
For more information, please contact
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The course focus is on International Relations, Foreign Policy and Asian studies and offers students a comprehensive graduate education in both the empirical and theoretical aspects of contemporary international affairs. Students undertaking this course are able to develop expertise in particular aspects of international relations including international security, international political economy, international theory, foreign policy, globalisation studies, international environmental issues, international governance and Asian studies.

  • Provide an understanding of the political, social, economic and legal processes and institutions of the international system
  • Analysis of key theoretical frameworks and their application to the practice of contemporary international relations
  • Analysis of international developments, opportunities, and risks for national and international organisations

KNOWLEDGE

  • An advanced and integrated understanding of contemporary theories of foreign policy-making, and the relationships between states in the current international system.
  • An advanced and integrated understanding of contemporary theories of international relations, their philosophical and sociological underpinnings, and their application to empirical contexts.
  • An advanced understanding of the relationship between key historical, political and theoretical developments.
  • A sophisticated critical engagement with the research principles, disciplinary concepts and methodologies necessary for understanding complex issue areas in international relations.

SKILLS

  • Specialised cognitive and technical skills to independently analyse, reflect on, and synthesise complex theoretical concepts and empirical information in politics, government and international relations.
  • An advanced, professional capacity to analyse complex international problems, using appropriate theory to test assumptions, and translating results into appropriate forms.
  • Advanced research and information retrieval skills in locating, identifying and critically evaluating appropriate sources of information.
  • High-level academic and professional communications skills, both verbally and in writing, and a thorough knowledge of correct methods for citation and referencing sources of information.

APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • An advanced capacity to independently research and apply theories to contemporary and historical issues in international relations.
  • Independent ability and capacity to autonomously plan and execute research or evaluation projects relating to contemporary policy challenges in foreign policy and international relations.
  • Applied knowledge, research and communications skills reflecting creativity, autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in academic practice and professional development.

Graduates of this course could expect to find employment in national and state government, especially in the areas of diplomacy, strategic analysis, development of trade relations and international cultural contacts. Graduates may be eligible for admission to the following professional bodies:

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • International Political Science Association

To be eligible for admission to the Master of International Relations, a student must:

  • hold a bachelors degree in a related discipline from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale), or
  • hold a Graduate Certificate in International Relations or an equivalent Level 8 qualification in a related area (or another tertiary education instititiuon of equivalent standing) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale).  These students may be eligible for up to 40 credit points of Advanced Standing as determined by the Program Director.

Degrees from overseas institutions must be assessed as equivalent to a recognised Australian bachelors-level degree.

English language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no score less than 19)
  • OR a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 61 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 54 in all Communicative Skills.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Pre-2015
Please complete 3 of the 4 units listed in the Core units list. Students must then complete 5 elective units. Students will need to ensure all required units have been successfully completed by the end of Session 1, 2016. Students who wish to complete an alternative elective unit not listed below, please contact oua-services@griffith.edu.au

2015 onward
Students commencing the Master of International Relations in 2015 must follow the new course structure below.

Pre-2015
Students who have commenced the Master of International Relations prior to 2015 must complete eight units.

2015 onwards
To qualify for the award of Master of International Relations students must complete twelve units.

The maximum period for completing this program is 5 years.
 

Complete 1 unit from the following 1 unit Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Case Studies in Foreign Policy Decision Making (Foreign Policy Analysis)
MIR703 Griffith Sess 1 - -

MIR703 is the only remaining unit available in this stream.

Complete 5 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Foundations of Modern Intelligence
PICX813 Macquarie Sess 1 - Sess 3
Democracy and Dictatorship in Asia
HIST513 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Terrorism Issues
PICX802 Macquarie Sess 1 - Sess 3
Corporate Governance in the Asia Pacific
IBA703 Griffith Sess 1 - -

Students have the option to complete one free-choice postgraduate elective outside of the units listed above. Students who have completed MIR806 will be able to use it towards their elective requirements. Students who completed 4 core units are only required to complete 4 of the units listed above.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
MIR702
MIR804
MIR805
MIR802

The above units are no longer available. Please refer to transition arrangements for more information.

Complete 5 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Foundations of Modern Intelligence
PICX813 Macquarie Sess 1 - Sess 3
Terrorism Issues
PICX802 Macquarie Sess 1 - Sess 3
Corporate Governance in the Asia Pacific
IBA703 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Case Studies in Foreign Policy Decision Making (Foreign Policy Analysis)
MIR703 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Democracy and Dictatorship in Asia
HIST513 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

These units are the only available units for students completing this program. Please refer to the transition arrangements for more information. Students have the option to complete one free-choice postgraduate elective outside of the units listed above.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in International Relations may be eligible for 40 credit points of Advanced Standing.

All other credit applications will be assessed according to Griffith University policy.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Please note: This course is no longer available for new students and is being taught out for existing students. It is recommended that existing students follow the Course Structure provided below as closely as possible.

Students who have been accepted into the Master of International Relations or the Graduate Certificate in International Relations prior to 2015 will need to ensure all required units have been successfully completed by the end of Session 1, 2016.

The table below outlines the last sessions in which the remaining units from this program will be available.

Offering Unit Code Unit Name Last Session of Offer
Sess1 MIR702 International Security  Sess1 2015
Sess1 MIR804 Power and Politics in the Asia-Pacific Sess1 2015
Sess1 MIR805 America's World Sess1 2015
Sess1 MIR802 Politics of the Global Economy Sess1 2015
Sess1 and 2 MIR701 International Relations Theory - 21st Century Sess2 2015
Sess1 and 2 MIR801 China's Rise: Challenges and Opportunities Sess2 2015
Sess1 and 2 MIR803 International Environmental Issues & Organisations Sess2 2015
Sess1 and 2 MIR704 Australian Foreign Policy Sess2 2015
Sess1 MIR703 Case Studies in Foreign Policy Decision Making Sess1 2016
Sess1 PICX813 Intelligence Analysis: Concepts and Applications Provided by Macquarie University
Sess1 PICX802 Terrorism Issues Provided by Macquarie University
Sess1 IBA703 Corporate Governance in the Asia Pacific Ongoing

MIR806 - Government, Regulation and Markets was removed from offer in 2015. However, this unit will still be counted as an elective for pre-2015 students.

The following unit offered by Curtin University has been introduced as an approved elective for this program:
HIST513 - Democracy and Dictatorship in Asia

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