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Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Design - SCAR04

Course Code: SCAR04
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 361498
CRICOS Code: 099020M
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The Bachelor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Canberra provides students with knowledge at a disciplinary and professional level to prepare students for the future of work. Students will gain knowledge of the principles, concepts and issues that are shaping the world when they study politics, policy, international relations and national security. They will learn about the basis of a democratically informed citizenship, contemporary issues in politics and policy, national security, the challenges of modern terrorism and contemporary regional politics in the Asia Pacific and in an international context.

Students will engage in focussed discussions of major issues including the implications of the neoliberal policy ascendency in Australia and the world more generally, Brexit, the Trump presidency, war, energy security and marriage equality. Through their studies, they will learn how to make better sense of the world they live in and recognise how to meet the current social and political challenges we face. The degree aims to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate high level skills of theoretical and empirical analysis and interpretation of world events and issues. In addition, the course will give students a substantial understanding of the complexities of contemporary politics, international relations and national security.

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

From the objects, spaces and landscapes to the applications, websites, signage and publications that you experience everyday - design is everywhere. The role of the designer is to make these experiences functional, beautiful, intuitive and accessible. The Bachelor of Design has three specialisations: Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design and Interaction Design. Current industry and professional skills will be acquired through work integrated learning, along with themes such as design thinking, user centred design, design for interaction, design for manufacture, history and culture. Students will be equipped to engage with and learn from the user. Multiple facets of contemporary design practice and theory are explored giving the student a firm foundation to their design specialisation. Signature overseas short-term study options have been tailored specifically to this course so that high achieving students have the opportunity to work with leading designers and students at prestigious overseas institutions. High achieving students also have the option to take units in the Masters of Design Strategies in their final year of study.


Prospective International Students
Email 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
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

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:

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
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.

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


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Politics and International Relations B Politics&IntlRel
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) BDes (IndDes)
Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) BDes (InteractionDes)
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) BDes (VisCommDes)

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Politics and International Relations Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design)

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



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

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Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
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Course Duration

Standard 4 years full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.


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Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

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Enrolment Numbers

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