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International Relations

Bachelor of Arts

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics.

It covers the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia’s role in global affairs and the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics.

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

Choose from courses on foreign policy, terrorism, gender, political economy, security studies and more.


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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Asia-Pacific international relations adviser
  • International aid worker
  • International business consultant
  • Policy adviser
  • Foreign policy adviser
  • Ministerial officer
  • Government relations manager

This Major is available as:

  • Major
  • Extended Major

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Ideas
  • International Relations of the Twentieth Century
  • Global Security

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