Undergraduate study

Undergraduate Study

We offer:

  • Four majors: Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, and Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • World class and award winning teachers
  • Innovative assessment that is directly connected with work-related skills for future employability, including writing policy briefs, doing simulations, and an undergraduate internship program
  • Voted the Best School in Australia for Undergraduate Study in International Relations

Political Science

The major in political science will give students in-depth understanding of competing visions of society and global complexity; power, authority and regulation; conflict and cooperation in democratic societies; and political identity. It will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of ideas, ideologies, formal and informal institutions, political culture, participation and citizenship, representation and democracy.

Graduates of this major will be able to practice democratic problem-solving, exercise capacity for independent thought and decision-making, skilfully analyse, demonstrate individual and collaborative written and oral communication skills, understand and engage with collective decision making, locate their own political identity and values, assess the plausibility of facts and arguments, identify core assumptions that animate political actions, and translate learning into policy, engagement and impact.

Graduates of this major will be adaptive, able to view problems from multiple vantage points, critical thinkers, and active citizens who are confident in their capacity for political leadership.

Study Political Science as a single major or an extended major in the ​Bachelor of Arts.

 

International Relations

The major in international relations will give students in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics, the historical origins, constitution and development of the international system, how ideas shape understandings of order, justice and security in world politics, Australia’s role in regional and global affairs, the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics, and the diverse range of state and non-state actors who shape world politics. It will provide students with in-depth knowledge of core and emerging issues in world politics, and different theoretical approaches and conceptual frameworks for understanding the dynamics of world politics.

Graduates of this major will be able to apply theories of, and concepts in, international relations to make sense of issues in world politics, problem-solve in complex political terrains, critically analyse and synthesise information to provide guidance in foreign policy, think strategically and ethically about national interests, communicate effectively on matters of international affairs, apply their knowledge to a rapidly shifting global landscape, and translate learning into policy, engagement and impact.

Graduates of this major will be able to think and act as global citizens, creative and critical thinkers, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, motivated to make positive change through global civic engagement, and aware of moral and ethical issues pertaining to world politics.

Study International Relations as a single major or extended major in the ​Bachelor of Arts, or as a single major in the Bachelor of International Studies.

Public Policy

The major in public policy will give students in-depth understanding of how society uses power, institutions and ideas to solve collective problems. It will provide students with in-depth understanding of the role of individual and collective action in solving complex problems, components of the policy process, the role of evidence in the production and dissemination of knowledge, and institutions and institutional landscapes and how they provide context for public policy. It will give students in-depth knowledge of the ethics of public service and how governments work.

Graduates of this major will be able to apply different analytical lenses to decision making in public policy, lead and innovate in public policy development and delivery, assess and evaluate policy and the feasibility of policy alternatives, model decision making and policy change, demonstrate excellent communication and presentation skills, and translate learning into policy, engagement and impact.

Graduates of this major will be adaptive, committed to public service broadly defined, active, engaged and participatory citizens, and able to appreciate and value diversity.

Study Public Policy as a single major in the ​Bachelor of Arts

 

Peace and Conflict Studies

The major in peace and conflict studies will give students in-depth understanding of peace and conflict studies as a distinctive ethical and intellectual approach to the causes and dynamics of conflict. It will provide an in-depth understanding of equity, diversity and inclusivity in peace and conflict dynamics. It will give students in-depth knowledge of strategies and processes for responding to, managing and resolving conflict from the local to the international, peacebuilding and the non-violent resolution of conflict, and the relationship between the theories and practices of conflict mediation and management.

Graduates of this major will be able to analyse the causes and dynamics of conflict, assess and evaluate evidence as it relates to peace and conflict studies, design and promote strategies for peace and conflict resolution, articulate the advantages of peace and conflict resolution approaches in program design and with diverse stakeholders, design peace and conflict interventions with a diverse array of stakeholders, recognise the importance of equity, diversity and inclusivity in developing peace and conflict resolution strategies, negotiate and problem-solve, and translate learning into policy, engagement and impact.

Graduates of this major will be responsive to human differences, critical and analytical thinkers, ethical regarding the lived experience of people in conflict, and open-minded.

Study Peace and Conflict Studies as a single major or extended major in the Bachelor of Arts, or as a single major in the Bachelor of International Studies.