International Relations - IRELA23403

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of Social Sciences

Contact: School of Social Sciences

Program: 3403 - Arts


Bachelor of Arts (Minor)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Stream Outline

A contemporary, dynamic, discipline, International Relations is the study of politics at the international, cross-national, transnational, regional, and global, level. Although a relatively modern discipline, it is one of increasing relevance in the contemporary world because of what can be broadly termed globalization. We are constantly reminded of the impact of international relations on everyday lives from climate change to agricultural trade, from terrorism to refugees. A minor stream in International Relations is therefore at the cutting edge of current concerns. The solutions to many national problems are now intricately linked with regional and international treaties and conventions. International Relations is most closely related to the study of Politics but it is has links with other disciplines, including International History, Economics, and Law. UNSW has research strength in several sub-disciplines of International Relations, including International Political Economy, and the Politics of International Law.

Students graduating from UNSW with a minor stream in International Relations should be able to demonstrate:
  • a knowledge of key actors and their functions in world politics as well as their place within political system;
  • a knowledge of key concepts and terms used within International Relations
  • an understanding of alternative theoretical approaches to the study of world politics of both a normative and positive character as well as the strengths and weakness of these approaches;
  • an appreciation of the historical evolution of both world politics and the study of world politics.
Students will also develop discipline-specific and generic social science skills, including being able to:
  • respond to a piece of writing on International Relations, identifying its strengths and weaknesses;
  • distinguish among theoretical, conceptual, and empirical lines of enquiry;
  • contribute to the discussion of political and ethical issues in a reasoned manner;
  • undertake research, using both traditional, and technological sources;
  • communicate ideas fluently, develop a reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
  • write in a style used within this discipline;
  • reflect on their own learning and seek to make use of constructive feedback.

A student who wishes to do a major stream in Politics and a major stream in International Relations, or a major stream in one and a minor stream in the other will be required to complete 18 uoc at level 1 in ARTS1840 Intro to Australian Politics, ARTS1810 Int'l Rel in the 20th Century and ARTS1811 International Relations and another 6 uoc at level 1 from a ‘related’ course approved by the course coordinator.

Stream Structure

A student who wishes to gain a minor stream in International Relations must complete 36 units of credit including 12 uoc at Level 1, at least 12 uoc at Level 2 and at least 12 uoc at Level 3.

Level 1

Level 2

International Relations Courses:
The following courses from other subject areas can also be counted towards the International Relations minor stream:

Level 3

International Relations Courses:
The following courses from other subject areas can also be counted towards the International Relations minor stream:
UN Security Council

Study Levels

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