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Undergraduate

International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-INTRL Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 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.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Fully online - find out more
Study mode Off-campus, mixed on- and off-campus, fully online and on-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

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 the Bachelor of Commerce.

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:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) 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.

70

STAT entry 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.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

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.

Notes

The Asian Studies major is not available in 2014.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2016 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,300*

Fees are indicative first year only.

*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.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Parliamentarian
  • Research Officer
  • Public Servant - Australian Public Service
  • Public Servant - State Government
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Political Scientist

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.

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.

Why International Relations?

  • Curtin’s award-winning team of international experts offers you a quality education with a strong applied angle.
  • This major offers a multidisciplinary approach, which allows you to gain perspectives from political science, anthropology, sociology, history and geography.