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International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-INTRL

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 3.0 25.0
International Relations Theory and Practice 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 3.0 25.0
Religion, War and Terror 3.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
Conflict and Strategy 3.0 25.0
Doing Research in International Relations 3.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
International Political Economy 3.0 25.0
Strategic Forecasting 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 MC 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):

Year Student type Cost
2015 Commonwealth supported Commonwealth supported?
If you have not yet exceeded your Student Learning Entitlement (typically seven years' equivalent full-time study) the Australian Government will contribute towards the cost of your study. The indicative fees shown here are known as the student contribution, or your share of the cost of the first year of this course.

To find out if you're eligible for a commonwealth supported place, please visit the Going to Uni website.
$6,160*

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Other notes:

The Asian Studies major is not available in 2014.

 

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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
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 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:

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.

2015 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
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 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 2015:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $13,400
Indicative year 1 fee $26,600
Total indicative course fee $84,400
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 25 August 2014

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