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Bachelor of Politics and International Relations - SCB201

Course Code: SCB201
Course Version: 1
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): School of Government & Policy
UAC Code: 361663
CRICOS Code: 095939G
Lowest Selection Rank: NEW
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Make a lasting contribution to our global community

Enrol in Australia’s only Bachelor of Politics and International Relations degree and gain a solid knowledge of the principles, concepts and issues that are shaping the world around us. You’ll explore present-day issues in politics and policy, including national security, the challenges of modern terrorism, the concept of democratically informed citizenship, and contemporary regional politics in both an Asia Pacific and global context.

During your time on the course, you’ll engage in focused discussions of major issues, such as counter-terrorism, human security, global governance, foreign aid, trans-national crime, war, energy security, regionalisation, cybercrime and the rise of populism. You’ll graduate able to demonstrate a high-level of theoretical and empirical analysis and interpretation of world events and issues, ready for an exciting future in politics or international relations.

Study a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations at UC and you will:

  • study theories, institutions, policies and practices in the disciplines of politics and international relations in both a contemporary and historical context
  • recognise and assess political change at a local, regional and international level
  • apply in-depth knowledge of political science and international relations in a rapidly changing geo-political environment
  • examine the political pressures and challenges that societies, governments, security forces and businesses currently face
  • evaluate and apply a range of research methods and analytical techniques to enhance your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving abilities in an Australian and international context.

Work Integrated Learning

The structure and content of this degree has been informed by the needs of employers and industry specialists, making it relevant to successful employment and career outcomes. It includes Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities in the form of internships, capstone units, workplace simulations and Study Abroad opportunities. The discipline-based professional practice units have been developed in association with the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA), The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). The degree also has its own dedicated student association – PIRaNaS (Politics, International Relations and National Security).

Past student internship placements been undertaken with the Australian Civil-Military Centre, Australian Border Force, Centre of Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Citadel Group Limited and Aspen Medical.

Career opportunities

  • Member of parliament
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Political researcher
  • Intelligence officer
  • National security adviser
  • Foreign policy adviser
  • Border control adviser
  • Surveillance officer
  • Consular officer
  • Political adviser
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Political journalist
  • Program director
  • International development worker
  • Campaign director

 Course-specific information

The Bachelor of Politics and International Relations is a degree that offers flexibility in terms of the subject areas explored. It can be constructed to investigate other disciplines, such as sociology, economics or justice studies, or those further afield, including law, business, commerce or management, while providing a major grounding in politics, international relations and national security. 

You can also extend your studies in politics, international relations and national security through an honours year, which includes both course work and thesis components.

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students:
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email bglstudent@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Politics and International Relations B Politics&IntlRel

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $31,500
2020 CSP $32,300

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Study theories, institutions, policies and practices in the disciplines of politics and international relations in contemporary and historical context and be able to utilise these to recognise and assess political change at a local, regional and international level. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.6 UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity; and
2.1 UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession.
Be able to recognise key contemporary issues in politics and international relations including territorial and human security, global governance, national and international political institutions, democratization and citizenship, national security and border control, development and foreign aid, transnational crime, regionalisation, and the rise of populism in the twenty first century. 1.2 UC graduates are professional: communicate effectively;
2.2 UC graduates are global citizens: adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Apply in depth knowledge of Political Science and International Relations in a rapidly changing geo-political environment and examine the political pressures and challenges that societies, governments, security forces and businesses currently face. 1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
1.4 UC graduates are professional: work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; and
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.
Evaluate and apply a range of research methods and analytical techniques to enhance their critical thinking, communication and problem solving abilities in an Australian and international context. 1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
2.4 UC graduates are global citizens: communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
2.6 UC graduates are global citizens: behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Reflect and communicate their learning and skill development throughout their course, consider their ongoing development and its contribution to their future goals and aspirations. 2.5 UC graduate are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
3.1 UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and
3.2 UC graduates are lifelong learners: be self-aware.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for this course for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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