International Relations - IRELC23948

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of Social Sciences

Contact: School of Social Sciences

Program: 3948 - Adv Science (Honours) / Arts


Bachelor of Arts (Minor)

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Stream Outline

This stream structure is for the following students:

• Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Business, and Bachelor of Media students commencing from 2016
• Bachelor of International Studies students commencing from 2017

A contemporary, dynamic, discipline, International Relations is the study of politics at the international, cross-national, transnational, regional, and global, levels. Although a relatively modern discipline, it is one of increasing relevance in the contemporary world because of the processes of globalisation. We are constantly reminded of the impact of international relations on everyday lives, such as climate change, agricultural trade, terrorism and refugees. 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 and so it is crucial to understand how states and non-state actors interact on the world stage.

A minor stream in International Relations will equip you with a basic understanding of contemporary international issues and an overview of relevant theoretical and conceptual debates. International Relations has links with other disciplines, such as Politics, Development Studies, International History, Economics, and Law. UNSW has research strengths in several sub-disciplines of International Relations, including International Political Economy, International Security, and the Politics of International Law. A minor stream in International Relations pairs well with a major stream in Politics, Development Studies, or Sociology & Anthropology.

Stream Learning Outcomes

You should achieve the following learning outcomes upon the successful completion of the stream:
  • Explain key concepts and theoretical perspectives in the discipline of International Relations
  • Explain the historical evolution of both world politics and the study of world politics
  • Identify the effects of significant political events and actors in world politics

Stream Structure

If you wish to gain a minor in International Relations, you must complete 24 units of credit including 12 UOC of core courses at Level 1, 6 UOC at Level 2 and 6 UOC at Level 3.

Level 1

You must complete the following Level 1 core courses:

Level 2

You must complete 6 UOC from the following:

Level 3

You must complete 6 UOC from the following:
International Relations

Study Levels

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