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Introduction to Global Politics

Undergraduate | MAQ-POIX1080 | 2024

Previously MAQ-POIX108

Gain a global perspective on issues like poverty, climate change and terrorism. Broaden your understanding of the history of global politics. Identify the challenges facing international governing bodies. Ask what you can do to change the world.

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Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Introduction to Global Politics

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Understand and evaluate the role of historical events and the meanings that have been attributed to them in world politics.
    2. Apply and develop further independent research skills required to discover relevant evidence to support academic arguments.
    3. Understand and apply the academic skills required to write cogently and to structure arguments in a logical order.
    4. Critically engage with and analyse the key issues and challenges that are the current focus of world politics.
    5. Understand, explain and apply the key concepts, theories, methods, and issues relevant to the study of International Relations at an introductory level.
    6. Identify and understand the defining debates in the field of Global Politics.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PLT120 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-POIX108 (Not currently available)


If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this subject.
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PLT120, POL108, POL168, POIX108
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
POIR1080 Introduction to Global Politics

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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