Politics and International Relations

Develop your understanding of the world with politics and international relations.

Discover the issues that face current and future generations of Australians. As a politics and international relations student at The University of Adelaide, you will explore Australian and global politics, and our relationships with other nations. Study a diverse range of topics including political theory, domestic politics, international relations and the rising powers of China and India.

As a politics and international relations student you will:

  • Learn about political systems around the world and the challenges confronting them
  • Explore the relationship between national politics and global issues
  • Research the rise and fall of powers across the globe in countries such as China, India and the United States
  • Debate contemporary political issues
  • Examine issues of global justice, inequality and power
  • Analyse national challenges and devise ways to develop and enhance public policy.

As a politics and international relations student you will learn the research, debating and analytical skills that are essential to becoming an independent and critical thinker. These skills will make you highly sought after by employers in a wide range of sectors, including state and government.

Degrees that offer this study area

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Criminology
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Electrical and Electronic) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Environmental) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of International Development
Bachelor of International Relations
Bachelor of International Relations with Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of International Relations with Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of International Relations with Bachelor of Media
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Media with Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Peace and Conflict Studies
Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Bachelor of Sociology
Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts
Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Career Opportunities

  • Diplomacy
  • Civil service
  • Public policy
  • Foreign affairs
  • Security
  • International relations
  • Speech writing
  • Political consultancy
  • Journalism
  • Research

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