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The School of Social Sciences & International Studies at UNSW is one of the leading schools of politics in Australia. Our staff members are active researchers, publishing books with respected academic publishers and articles in the leading international and Australian journals in their fields. The School also places emphasis on maintaining an exceptionally high standard of teaching. Two of our staff members have been recipients of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Politics has an impact on us all. A better understanding of politics enhances many areas of our lives. Knowledge in Politics and International Relations improves our knowledge of so many other disciplines, including law, commerce, media studies, history, philosophy, languages, literature, engineering, science and medicine. The School's aim is to foster better understanding and analysis of politics, and, as political subjects contain much that is controversial, we wish to help students to examine critically diverse views and opposing theories.

Our main teaching areas are Australian politics; international relations; political theory; politics in specific countries and regions such as China, Russia, the USA and South-East Asia; political sociology; political economy; public policy making; development studies; nationalism; gender politics and multiculturalism.

For further information, please refer to the relevant discipline entry in this online Handbook and to the School website below. We look forward to welcoming you to UNSW.

Undergraduate Specialisations 

Development Studies
European Studies
International Relations
International Studies
Political Economy
Social Science and Policy
Social Work
Sociology and Anthropology

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