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Introduction to International relations

Use your love of cultures and customs for good with a course in international relations.

You’ll come to understand the cogs at work behind global conflict, while getting to know a range of political processes. Gain the confidence to encourage change-makers across the world to work and live in harmony. Now that's global change.

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Griffith University

UndergraduateGRF-GBS105

Engaging Australia and the Asia-Pacific

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 15 Jul 2024, 04 Nov 2024

University of Tasmania

UndergraduateTAS-HIR101

Introduction to International Relations

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

La Trobe University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

Curtin University

UndergraduateCUR-ASIA100

Discovering Asia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Aug 2024

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Macquarie University

UndergraduateMAQ-ART-DEG

Bachelor of Arts

An arts degree that no one else has

Make your degree unique and study what interests you. Analyse critically, think creatively and problem-solve at work or in everyday life. Complete foundational studies then tailor your degree with a major. Create a portfolio and build your connections.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Ancient History
  • Applied Ethics
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Modern History
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology
University of Southern Queensland

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Flinders University

An accelerated deep dive into international law

In just one year, gain the advanced knowledge and skills needed to excel in foreign affairs, defence, international diplomacy and more. After establishing core principles, you’ll tailor your learning with topics including human rights and nuclear energy.

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University

A double degree in arts and business

Prepare for an innovative future with a broad career outlook. An arts major like digital media or international relations unlocks roles beyond commerce. Enhance your business skills with creativity and critical thinking. Expand your mind and future.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

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International relations study FAQs

What will I learn with an international relations degree?

Aside from broad skills such as critical thinking, creativity and teamwork, you’ll learn about:

  • War and peace in contemporary international politics - Come to understand why the world’s political affairs are the way they are, and what can be done to create resolution.
  • Globalisation and global governance - Look at how people, companies and governments interact and transact on a global scale.
  • Diplomacy - Understand the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives from different regions.
  • Foreign policy - Get to know the strategies different countries have put into play to keep their people safe and achieve their goals.
  • Strategic negotiation skills - Build the skills to respond to real-world matters so that you can facilitate discussions across different cultures.

Where will an international relations degree take me?

International relations can often sound like the stuff of Hollywood. But in reality, those who have studied an international relations degree have real, tangible career outcomes. As an expert in international relations, you could find work in:

  • Non-government organisations
  • The public sector
  • Federal defence agencies
  • Foreign affairs departments
  • Immigration departments and consultancies
  • Journalism
  • Management

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