The program offers a major in International Relations on both the Hobart and Launceston campuses.
Studying International Relations helps you understand issues concerned with conflict and cooperation at the highest level of political analysis. You can choose to study international security, international justice, international law and human rights, international organisations such as the United Nations, the foreign policies of major powers, the politics of terrorism, globalisation and international political economy, and many other topics. Your studies will provide you with critical perspectives on the forces shaping the world in which we live, and help will you understand how we in Australia can relate to others in our region, and to the international community in general. To find out more about the units and courses available go to the online courses and units entry.
The program will examine key themes in world politics and seek to understand them through an analysis of competing interpretations of international relations. The course addresses theories and concepts in the discipline by identifying the main strands of thought that have been applied to developments in international politics. It examines the growth of the international state system we live in today and traces how the nature of this system has led to the dominance of what has been called the Realist view of international relations. It also considers alternative views of international relations that claim to represent more appropriate explanations of current international behaviour, and increasingly challenge the traditional dominance of Realism.
The program also examines actors and processes in international relations. In particular the major seeks to integrate significant problems of international political economics, foreign policy analysis, international security studies, international relations theory, international organisations and international law and ethics into a more unified analytical framework. It therefore addresses issues of conflict and security (including traditional interstate threats and newer transnational challenges such as terrorism); human rights and international justice; processes of globalisation; the rise to prominence of non-state actors; and the challenges to development posed by an increasing gap between a wealthy West and an increasingly poor Third World. The overall theme of the course is that we may have entered a new era in international relations, but it is not clear what form this era is likely to take. At the very least, the interplay between economics and politics, the role of international organisations and non-state actors, the broadening of the idea of security and changing views on the use of military power will force us to consider international relations in a way different from that which prevailed for much of the last century.
Graduates with a major in International Relations will typically find work in public sector organisations (e.g. Foreign Affairs, Defence, Immigration); the security services (e.g. ASIO, Australian Federal Police); international organisations such as the United Nations, human rights organisations and non-government organisations; and in areas related to international law, risk assessment in industry, and strategic planning for business.
The fourth year (level 400) Political Science honours program offers an advanced exploration of selected issues in International Relations. The program is open to students who have majored in International Relations (or Political Science) with a Grade-Point Average of 6.5 or higher. The honours year consists of specialised coursework units and a thesis, and introduces students to the skills involved in independent research. The honours program also provides a stepping stone to Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, as well as providing an additional qualification.
The School of Social Sciences has a strong reputation for research and welcomes applications from those seeking to undertake higher degree research (ie Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy) in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration or International Relations.
In addition, the School offers the following postgraduate coursework programs in International Politics at the Hobart Campus:
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences
19 February, 2013