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Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Commerce - 147JA

Course Code: 147JA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): School of Government & Policy
School of Management
UAC Code: 361507
CRICOS Code: 071079M
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Negotiate with nations and numbers

Super-charge your critical thinking skills, research methods and communication abilities (on your own socially responsible terms), with this Double Degree that combines the financially savvy world of commerce with the global perspectives of a politics and international relations qualification.

Harness your know-how with numbers in the commercially directed areas of accounting, marketing and economics, learn how to apply fiscal theory in the analysis of a wide array of challenging scenarios, and tap into an entrepreneurial mindset via your course accreditation from the CPA Australia and the CAANZ.

As you explore the complex field of international relations, you’ll learn about the global workings of political institutions, public administration, national security and border control, and be for prepped and primed for a lucrative career in government planning, foreign affairs or in the ‘intelligence community’. Smart choice!

Combine a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations / Bachelor of Commerce and you will:

  • acquire an advanced understanding of the disciplinary perspectives of politics and international relations
  • understand political institutions and processes and how they operate, including at the national and international levels
  • gain competence in a range of research methods and analytical techniques
  • acquire a strong core of knowledge in economic theory, apply this to the analysis of a wide-array of problems, and develop a deeper understanding of the workings of the economy
  • understand how different economic agents interact in the market and how government intervention affects their behaviour
  • interpret economic information, confidently analyse data, write reports and provide advice to various stakeholders.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Bachelor of Politics and International Relations / Bachelor of Commerce graduates in a range of job sectors, including in:

  • Business and International Organisations
  • State and Federal Government
  • Non-government Agencies
  • Government Administration and Planning
  • Political Research Organisations
  • Security Analysis
  • Foreign Affairs
  • International Development Organisations
  • The Intelligence Community
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Policy Analysis.

Course specific information

Applicants must meet normal university requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree course.

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

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

Refer to individual courses.

Assumed Knowledge

Refer to individual courses.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

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 Commerce BCom
Bachelor of Politics and International Relations B Politics&IntlRel

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Politics and International Relations Bachelor of Commerce

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

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research Project: The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $31,500

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.


Professional Accreditation

For the Bachelor of Commerce: This course is accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). The Financial Planning major is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA).

Graduate Employment

Graduates from the course can expect to find employment opportunities in a wide range of organisations and posts including business and international organisations, State and Federal government, non-government agencies, government administration and planning, national and international business, political research organisations, international, political and security analysis, foreign affairs, international development organisations, the intelligence community, diplomatic service, policy analysts, business and financial sectors. Other careers include becoming an accountant, business and finance manager, business manager, economist, financial planner, human resource manager, information systems manager, international business manager and marketing manager.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide an in-depth understanding of politics and international relations paying attention to both the historical and contemporary context. Students will develop analytical and critical capacities as they engage with the complex issues relating to politics and international relations.
Provide an advanced understanding of the disciplinary perspectives of politics and international relations. Students will be encouraged to develop innovative solutions to problems facing society as they consider, for example, ethical and policy issues relating to politics in an international context.

Students will learn to appreciate the values that underpin relations between states and the democratic and non-democratic systems that underpin these.

Students will be able to present arguments and ideas effectively and have the capacity to analyse and assess these arguments.
Provide an understanding of political institutions and processes and how they operate including, at the national level, institutions and practices of politics, governance and policy, national security and border control; and at the international level, foreign policy, international institutions and the implications of globalisation and post-globalisation. Students will develop analytical and critical capacities as they engage with the complex issues relating to politics and international relations.

Students will develop information literacy and numeracy and their competencies in the use of information as they engage wit the disciplinary perspectives and characteristic methods of enquiry of Politics and International Relations studies.

Students will engage with complex ethical and political questions, strategic thinking, and problem solving as they study processes in politics and international relations.

Students will learn to express knowledge, ideas and opinions in politics and international relations, both orally and in written form with confidence and clarity.

Students will be able to select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present information.
Students will develop an understanding of and competence in a range of politics and international relations research methods and analytical techniques and the ability to apply these to research tasks. Students will develop generic skills and attributes that will equip students for success in professional life including critical thinking and professional ethics. Students will develop information literacy and numeracy as they develop basic competency in a range of politics and international relations research methods.

Students will develop an appreciation of research ethics and related questions of social responsibility.

Students will develop problem solving skills and develop their capacity to work with others to create effective workplace relations.

Students will develop as independent self-directed learners with the capacity and motivation for life-long learning and obtain personal attributes that will allow them to be independent thinkers and agents for change.

Students will be confident in themselves and their own skills and knowledge.
1. The degree provides students with a strong core of knowledge in economic theory. ---
2. Students will learn to apply economic theory in the analysis of a wide-array of problems and real life situations. Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; identify, analyse problems then formulate, implement solutions
3. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the workings of the economy. Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way
4. Students will understand how different economic agents (such as consumers and producers) interact in the market and how government intervention affects their behaviour. ---
5. Students will develop the skills to write economic reports (individually or in groups) and communicate their ideas (and findings) through oral presentations. Communication: ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries
6. Students will develop the skills to identify economic problems and apply critical thinking to find and evaluate solutions. Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; identify, analyse problems then formulate, implement solutions

Working independently and with others:
ability to plan own work, be self-directed, use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively
7. Students will be able to interpret economic information and confidently analyse economic data and provide advice to various stakeholders. Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way

Professionalism and social responsibility: capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefits of others and the environment.

Course Duration

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

Honours

High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Business; Diploma of Business Extended.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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