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International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - 312331

Humanities

This dynamic major focuses on current international topics and issues, covering the fields of political theory, international relations theory, foreign policy, strategic studies and political history. 

You will explore national and regional security in broad contexts, including military, politics and economics. Political and regional globalisation, with an emphasis on Asia, is explored in-depth. Issues of trade, environmental change, resource management and human rights are further topics you will study. 

This major can also help you to develop your skills in problem solving and written and oral communications.

International relations is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can also study International Relations as part of the Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts double degree.

When coupled with Business Law or Economics you can complete this major as part of our Bachelor of Arts or our Bachelor of Commerce. Your choice will determine your core units.

You also can study this major as part of a Science and Arts double degree.

Please note the Asian Studies major is not available in 2014.

See the Courses Handbook for the structure of this part of the double degree.

You can study this as part of a double major:

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

Careers in this field can include security analysis and policy with Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade, intelligence analysis and research analysis, and in roles such as:

  • executives in energy companies 
  • policy officers in law enforcement agencies and non-government organisations
  • areas of international finance and management 
  • the media 
  • education.

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Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Units

Current students: Please refer to the Handbook's full course structure when enrolling.

Credits needed to graduate: 600

Core units Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 2 Semester 1
Conflict and Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific 221 3.0 25.0
International Relations: Theory and Practice 211 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 212 3.0 25.0
Religion War and Terror 223 3.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
Conflict and Strategy 321 3.0 25.0
Doing Research in International Relations 311 3.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
International Political Economy 322 3.0 25.0
Strategic Forecasting 312 3.0 25.0

See Courses Handbook for full course structure

Possible careers

Political or Intelligence Analyst; Policy Advisor

These electives will best complement your International Relations single major if you wish to become a Political or Intelligence Analyst or Policy Advisor:

  • Conflict and Strategy 221
  • International Political Economy 222
  • Religion, War and Terror in South and West Asia 223
  • Conflict and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific 224
  • Natural Hazards: Risk, Vulnerability and Adaption 221
  • Human Rights and Social Justice 223
  • Australians at War 222
  • Democracy and Dictatorships in Asia 211
  • Titans and Transformations: China, India, Japan 212
  • Islam in Contemporary Asia 222

Diplomatic Service

These electives will best complement your International Relations single major if you wish to enter the Diplomatic Service:

  • Conflict and Strategy 221
  • International Political Economy 222
  • Religion, War and Terror in South and West Asia 223
  • Conflict and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific 224
  • Natural Hazards: Risk, Vulnerability and Adaption 221
  • Human Rights and Social Justice 223
  • Australians at War 222
  • Democracy and Dictatorships in Asia 211
  • Titans and Transformations: China, India, Japan 212
  • Islam in Contemporary Asia 222

Political Reporter or Foreign Correspondent

Below are a list of recommended electives that will best complement your International Relations single major if you wish to become a Foreign Correspondent or Political Reporter:

  • Conflict and Strategy 221
  • International Political Economy 222
  • Religion, War and Terror in South and West Asia 223
  • Conflict and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific 224
  • Natural Hazards: Risk, Vulnerability and Adaption 221
  • Human Rights and Social Justice 223
  • Democracy and Dictatorship in Asia 222
  • Journalism - Radio News 212
  • Journalism - Television News 215
  • Journalism - Television Current Affairs 397

Or you can elect to take a double major with Journalism.

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and either verbal or quantitative
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

STAT entry

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

TAFE requirements:

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time or part-time

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Study:

Off-campus, mixed on- and off-campus, fully online and on-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.
The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Other notes:

The Asian Studies major is not available in 2014.

 

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2013 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
TER (including TEE/SACE/HSC/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

* Applicants are required to submit a portfolio. Refer to humanities.curtin.edu.au/portfolio for details.

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

Off-campus, fully online and on-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees for 2013:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

The Asian Studies major is not available in 2014.

2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
TER (including TEE/SACE/HSC/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

Off-campus, fully online and on-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $12,900
Indicative year 1 fee $28,800
Total indicative course fee $79,800
Indicative essential incidental course fee $0

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

Other notes:

The Asian Studies major is not available in 2014.

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This page was last updated on 18 March 2014

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