Influence contemporary international affairs
Explore world politics, policies, and the social-historical impact of global development, with a Bachelor of International Relations at Bond. Students are encouraged to develop a global outlook to better understand the world around them. Graduates can pursue a career in many industries that reach a global scale.
At Bond, students can choose from three majors including, international relations, international diplomacy, and global governance and regional politics. This provides students with not only the theoretical frameworks but the relevant professional skills to make a difference.
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Ever dreamed about what it’s like to be an Ambassador to the United Nations (UN)? Become a delegate for a day while collaborating, building confidence, improving your communication skills and having fun! This day is perfect for beginners. There truly is no better way for you to find your passion than to experience it for yourself. This event is complimentary for Year 10, 11 and 12 students, and one parent.
2020 Bond University Experience Days here – Dates to be announced.
Participate in active learning exercises
Active learning exercises are vital for the development of employability skills. Replicating real world situations enhances communication, presentation, negotiation, and research skills by dealing with historical and ongoing political issues around the world. At Bond University, students participating in these exercises work towards bridging the gap between theory and practice ensuring they are equipped with knowledge and dynamic skills, transferrable to a range of career paths. Students learn from nationally and internationally recognised academics in a collaborative environment. Bond’s small class size optimises their educational experience. Outside of the classroom, Bachelor of International Relations students have multiple opportunities to gain practical experience. From for-credit internships in Australia and overseas, to being invited to attend and participate in Model UN programs throughout the world.
Combined Degree Options
- Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Laws
- Undertake for-credit internships or work experience nationally or internationally
- Participate in technologically enhanced simulation based learning
- Faculty supported international Model United Nations experiences
About the program
The Bachelor of International Relations prepares students for fascinating careers in a globalising world. Global and regional interdependence means that no state is unaffected by developments beyond its borders. Prosperity and security are based on international orientations. Businesses, governments and organisations need people equipped not only with relevant professional skills, but also with competencies in International Relations. Show more
The Bachelor of International Relations prepares students for fascinating careers in a globalising world. Global and regional interdependence means that no state is unaffected by developments beyond its borders. Prosperity and security are based on international orientations. Businesses, governments and organisations need people equipped not only with relevant professional skills, but also with competencies in International Relations. Students explore a rich variety of interconnected issues in International Relations and the factors which shape them, including war and peace on our planet, human security, diplomacy, governance and the influence of climate change on the future world. Graduates of the program will gain an insight into the politics, economy, diplomacy both in Australia and other world geographic regions. An in-depth understanding of the world around us and the skills needed for its interpretation, equip students for their future employment in International Relations and many other areas where such capacities are required. Show less
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Bachelors Degree|
|Study area||International Relations and Humanities|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
Graduates of this program will have a global perspective which will suit their areas of interest and professional goals whilst having developed the skill base necessary to operate in a global environment. Graduates could expect to find employment in Defence, Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs, International Business, Media, Trade.
The Bachelor of International Relations program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:
University core subjects (3)
- CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication
- CORE11-002 Leadership and Team Dynamics
- CORE11-003 Ethical Thought and Action
Required Subjects (12)
Students must choose twelve (12) subjects from the following:
- Introduction to International Relations
- Hacking, Networks and Security
- Australian Public and Foreign Policy
- The United Nations
- Public Diplomacy and Social Media
- Political Economy
- China's Defence and Security
- Australia and the Asia-Pacific
- Diplomacy: Theory and Practice
- Peace and War
- The Americas
- Climate Change and the Future World
- Contemporary Globalisations
- World Languages
- Asia's Rising Powers
- The New Europe
- Africa and the Middle East
- International Model United Nations and Study Tour*
- Internship A**
*Faculty approval required
**CDC approval required. A minimum GPA of 2 is required to undertake internship.
Major Options (6)
Students must choose one of the following options:
|Australian Studies||Digital Media||Chinese Language and Culture||French Language and Culture|
|Global Studies (Sustainability)||Language and Culture||Japanese Language and Culture||Spanish Language and Culture|
Students can choose 3 subjects from the list of available subjects from across the University.
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however, enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2019 fees: $17,160 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
- 2020 fees: $17,360 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.
In the January semester 2019 there were fewer than five OP/ATAR offers made in this program hence no comparative information on previous OP/ATAR intake scores is available.
Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at the Faculty in the January semester 2019.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
As I found myself coming towards the end of my Bachelor of International Relations, I was itching to put the skills I had learnt in the classroom to use in an international setting. Being a part of the 2018 Bond WIMUN Team allowed me to do just this. Not only was I able to apply the diplomatic skills learnt at Bond to a United Nations simulation, I was also able to apply academic knowledge learnt across a variety of courses.
I was part of a 4-person team that travelled to New York for the WFUNA International Model United Nations Conference (WIMUN). Prior to the WIMUN conference we had the opportunity to meet with four different Permanent Missions to the United Nations, these included; Lao, United Arab Emirates, Estonia and Australia. As I was selected to represent Estonia for the conference, meeting with their permanent mission provided a great insight into their diplomatic nuances. Not only were we able to ask questions about their domestic situation but also dig deeper into their bid for the Security Council and their role as a young country at the United Nations. Meetings such as these enabled the team to get a feel for diplomacy in practice whilst also allowing us to create some incredible connections and networks.
As part of WIMUN, fellow Bondy Shinae and I were also fortunate enough to be chosen to speak at the Opening Plenary for the Conference, which was held at the UNHQ in the General Assembly Hall. Speaking here was an incredible honour particularly considering the calibre of esteemed individuals who have spoken there before us. As nerve-racking as the idea first seemed, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for both Shinae and myself and one I am sure neither of us will forget any time soon.
For me, the best part of attending the conference was that my itch to experience the real world only grew bigger. The program gave us a taste of what doors an International Relations degree can open and left us all wanting more. Whilst I hope that is definitely not the last time I will sit in the UNHQ General Assembly Hall, for the time being, the 2018 WIMUN conference was an incredible reminder that new opportunities are always just around the corner, so make sure you always keep a look out.
How did I get into BondMUNS? I have been participating in Model UN since I started at Bond. I then went on to be on BUUNSA, have been to two AMUNCs and participated and chaired the MUNC Revolution with Professor Mark Dinnen. Professor Dinnen has championed the BondMUNS initiative to strengthen the skill set of international relations students through practical simulation and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunities he has presented.
The World Model United Nations Conference (WorldMUN) schedule was packed into five days including the official opening and closing ceremonies in which we heard keynote speeches from prominent international affairs experts, four days of committee sessions debating out allocated issues and still finding the time for social and networking events.
Bond University was asked to represent the country of South Sudan across three committees. I was representing South Sudan with Martin Campbell on the First General Assembly, that has the mandate of Disarmament and International Security. We debated the incredibly complex and nuanced issue of the security challenges presented by women's roles in armed conflict. A unique feature of WorldMUN is that the committees seek to represent as many Member States as possible, putting Martin and I on a committee with 150 other delegations. Committee sessions were challenging due to the many delegations present but also because of the vast array of foreign policies that needed to be reconciled in the drafting of resolutions. Despite sometimes missing the opportunity to speak, Martin and I found other opportunities to engage, such as through informal discussions with other delegates and worked hard in amending resolutions to match the state interests of developing countries. We had the invaluable opportunity to meet students from around the world from France to Venezuela, and Japan to Iran and many more in between. The intercultural skill to create rapport with people from across the world is becoming increasingly important and WorldMUN provides an incredible platform to develop that skill.
Visiting New York City in the first place was a dream come true. However, having a tour of the United Nations, sitting in on an expert panel for the Commission of Status of Women, meeting the former Assistant Secretary General Elizabeth Lindenmayer and the Australian Ambassador to the UN was surreal. In just a few busy days we had dined and held meetings with some of the most brilliant minds in International Relations, many which were facilitated by incredible Bond Uni Alumni.
There is an overwhelming feeling of standing in the UN Security Council, knowing the discussions that had been had inside those walls and the decisions that have been made. We travelled onto Washington DC for meetings at the Australian Embassy to the USA, a tour of Congress, the many Smithsonian museums and memorials along the National Mall. There was certainly a buzz in Washington on our arrival as we toured Congress the day President Trump was attempting to pass his controversial health care bill. This provided such a unique insight into USA politics and helped us gain an appreciation for the nuances of their political system.
WorldMUN’s motto is ‘Where Worlds Meet and Cultures Unite’. This motto truly manifested in my experience on this trip. We had many occasions to meet new people and gain a stronger appreciation for other countries. We formed connections with students from across the world, making our collective experience more valuable. I had the pleasure of meeting up with a student I met at the JUEMUN Conference last year in Kyoto. Kanako is a student from Kindai University who then introduced us to the rest of her delegation and we spent much of our time off sharing experiences from our very different backgrounds. While the significance of visiting the UN, Washington DC and meeting remarkable experts was incredible, it was these smaller moments, creating friendships, that made this trip so memorable.
As a journalist, our careers are comprised of curating and telling stories. We must be able to differentiate between a great story, a mediocre story, and one that is completely irrelevant. My experience at the Japanese English Model United Nations (JEMUN) will continue to be one of my greatest stories I will ever tell.
JEMUN was my first ever MUN and I knew it was going to be fast-paced and hard work, especially as a video journalist. The experience however, was unlike anything I have done – one minute I was reporting on a blind, disabled Japanese musician who performed at the JEMUN opening ceremony and the next I was being dared by my Japanese partner Shota to eat the octopus out of our daily bento boxes (I did not). As a journalism student majoring in International Relations, JEMUN gave me the opportunity to utilise the skills I had learnt from both disciplines. Each day we had to report on our assigned topic of the day, film and then edit it, and upload it to JEMUN’s social media platforms, all while ensuring we were up-to-date on the issues unfolding between the nations. Shota and I were assigned to the Crisis Simulation room, which meant we had the more difficult job of reporting on the crises that suddenly unfolded and had to quickly interview the delegates to find out how their nation was planning to deal with the crisis. Although most of the crises were things such as tsunamis and earthquakes, on the last day the delegates encountered “Godzilla”, which shocked everyone. As we watched the delegates scramble to figure out how Godzilla had affected Japan and what measures could be taken to neutralise such a threat and protect citizens of Japan and neighbouring nations, we had to race to interview the delegates on their position on Godzilla. Even though the idea of Godzilla is highly improbable (hopefully) in real life, JEMUN succeeded in preparing both the delegates and journalists for the unexpected. More often than not, people working in both industries are exposed to unexpected events and because of this I believe it’s extremely important that students are taught this before they graduate and enter the workforce. As journalism is now progressively tailored towards technological advancements and people’s reliance upon phones and their access to various forms of social media reporting, this was one of the best preparations I could have received before leaving university and entering the industry.
As a journalist, we make connections with everyone we talk to. Japan provided me with an endless amount of connections – everyone was willing to add me on social media and promises were made to visit if we travelled to each other’s countries again. Having this experience behind me, I have become a far better journalist and have broadened my knowledge on the United Nations and subsequently international relations in general. Even though JEMUN only ran for three days, I made friends I will never forget and will forever be grateful for the better journalist I became because of JEMUN. I was exposed to both areas of my study in the most productive and effective way possible and I will always appreciate my time in Japan and what their culture and people taught me. I would highly recommend Model United Nations to anyone who is interested in or studying international relations as it not only truly opens your world up to many possibilities but enables you to learn so much more than what you can in a classroom and allows you to make unforgettable connections that will undoubtedly help you in the future. JEMUN was one of the most exciting and educational things I have ever done and I hope more journalism students follow in my footsteps to experience this amazing opportunity.
Japan is a high context culture that places deep emphasis on relationships and the closeness of human connection. While this may be taught by academics or read in books, it can only truly be understood though face-to-face interaction. Last week I was in Kyoto as a part of Bond University’s inaugural delegation to the Japan University Model United Nations (JUEMUN) where I was able to appreciate the importance of international educational exchange in building relationships. Bond University’s participation in JUEMUN is premised on engagement with Japanese students. I was partnered with Kindi University student Yuuki to participate in the Model UN forum. Yuuki and I quickly became friends despite the academic nature of JUEMUN and the cultural differences we faced. Our relationship is just one of the millions that can be formed through educational exchange opportunities.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Japan and Australia. Our countries have since remained steadfast regional partners through trade, cooperation and aligned ideologies. However, our cultures could not be more distinct. Despite Australia’s regional positioning, surrounded by predominately Eastern and high context cultures, we have firmly adopted a Western, low context culture. Japan is often considered the highest on the high context culture index. Its culture is rooted in the past, people are influenced by hierarchies and communication is indirect, ambiguous, reserved and understated. All these features just so happen to be the inverse of my assertive, blunt and forward-thinking personality. Within merely four days, I managed to repeatedly demonstrate my cultural ignorance, stepping on the Tatami mat with shoes on, accepting items with one hand, and forgetting every Japanese word I was taught in grade 9. However, instead of being offended, my JUEMUN partner and other Japanese participants found my faux pas endearing. Through poorly concealed giggles, they leapt at the opportunity to introduce me to the wonders of Japanese culture. Without the human element to this cultural immersion, in the forgiving nature of the Japanese and the self-depreciating humour of the Australian, such cultural differences may have built a divide and not a connection between us.
This is where our countries have missed the incredible opportunity presented by strong educational exchange. The idea of educational exchange as a form of diplomacy has existed for decades as it is fundamentally premised on the notion of sharing information, values and creating relationships. My generation of university students is the first to study in a globalised world and it has never been an easier time to explore cultures. In 1961, Dr Charles Malik, Lebanese academic and diplomat, observed that: international cultural relations depends on how much one stands firm on the good of himself; how much one appreciates the good in others; and how much one has the humility, the grace and the self-confidence to enter into creative intercourses with others.
His words were as timely then as they are now; in fact, they may be even timelier. The globalised world has a generation of young people fascinated with exploring the globe, its cultures and its people. This is the perfect climate for Australia to leverage a public diplomacy and soft power approach to international educational exchange to engage and inform individuals in other countries to shape the perceptions of Australia, its policies and its goals.
NCP recipient Holli Sargeant's Singapore Experience
The New Colombo Plan is an initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. Each year, Bond University (and all universities around Australia) nominate up to 10 high-achieving students and the final selection is made by DFAT. The scholarship is only awarded to a handful of Australia's brightest students.
Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Laws student Holli Sargeant was awarded the scholarship in 2016 and is currently on exchange in Singapore. Holli will be completing her Bachelor of International Relations at the National University of Singapore.
"I was drawn to the unique position of Singapore as a major global player, economic hub and cultural melting pot nestled in South-East Asia... I have no doubt the opportunities provided by my NCP Scholarship will last me for a life time, through the personal and cultural relationship I have and will continue to build with Singapore and neighbouring countries," says Holli.
To read more about Holli's Singapore experience click here.
Meet New Colombo Plan Scholarship recipient Jasmine Valcic
Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Laws student Jasmine Valcic was awarded the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship (NCP) by Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Julie Bishop MP. Jasmine was also named the New Colombo Thailand Fellow for 2018, and was the top-ranked scholar for her host location! Jasmine is one of 120 students across 33 Australian universities to be awarded the scholarship in 2017.
Next year, Jasmine will spend a semester studying at Mahidol University International College in Eastern Thailand and hopes to complete an internship at the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development in Bangkok or Amnesty International Thailand. Jasmine says she is thrilled to be pursuing her passion for social justice and that Thailand is the perfect location to learn about international affairs in Asia.
Read more about Jasmine's story here.
Rose Lopez - Chair of WIMUN General Assembly
Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Laws student Rose Lopez was voted by her international peers as Chair of the WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) General Assembly! The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global non-profit organisation that represents and coordinates over 100 national United Nations Associations (UNAs) across the USA.
Rose is majoring in International Diplomacy and International Relations. She believes in the importance of practical implementation of dialogue to ensure people around the world receive equal rights and opportunities.
Rose and some of her fellow BondMUNs students, along with Assistant Professor for International Relations Dr Mark Dinnen will be travelling to New York in February to participate in WIMUN's 2018 flagship event. The student delegates will be guided by the theme 'Culture of Peace: Promoting social cohesion in multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies'.
Meet our academics
Dr. Rosita Dellios has been at Bond University since it opened in 1989. She is also a founding member of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies. She lectures and writes on the themes of Chinese defence policy and philosophy, geopolitics, concepts for world order and future trends in global politics.
Her research interests are: China's defence policy, foreign policy and philosophy; the history of imperial China's relations with Southeast Asian kingdoms and early concepts of region. As of 2013, Rosita has published one book on China's defence strategy; co-edited a book on Confucian humanism; co-authored a book on China's quest for global order, published more than 30 book chapters and journal articles (some co-authored); and presented numerous conference papers.
Professional admission and memberships
- International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
- International Studies Association, USA
Dr. R. James Ferguson's teaching areas include international relations, regionalism, and globalisation. He is the Director of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies within the Faculty of Society and Design.
Dr. Ferguson conducts research and publishes in the areas of Asian, Eurasia, European and Australasian International Relations, Eurasian studies, Chinese cultural systems, human and comprehensive security, Islamic governance, and regional organisations. Research has included an emphasis on international regimes, China's view of regional and global order, and emerging patterns of governance for orbital space. Recently, Dr. Ferguson has co-authored the book, China's Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, forthcoming from Lexington Books (2012).
He is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the refereed International Institute for Strategic Studies (the IISS, London), the International Institute of Development Studies (IIDS) and for several years served as a Council member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (Queensland). He regularly presents at conferences in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, India, Europe and Australia. He has received grants and fellowships from a number of sources including the ARC, Ford-IDSS, Bond University, and the Visiting Researchers Program, run by the Institute of Liberal Arts, Walailak University (Thailand).
Professional admission and memberships
- Editor, The Culture Mandala and the Research Papers of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies
- Member, International Studies Association and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)
- Member, International Institue for Strategic Studies (IISS, London)
Dr. Jonathan H. Ping is a scholar in the fields of global political economy, international relations and comparative politics. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and received his PhD from the University of Adelaide. He specialises in the study of statecraft. In this area he has developed the first unifying theory of the middle power concept --hybridisation theory-- as presented in his book Middle Power Statecraft. His most recent book Chinese Engagements focuses on the great power, China. His current research focus is on middle power statecraft theory, great power statecraft theory and a theory of the nature of hegemony in and from Asia.
Dr. Ping has research affiliations with universities globally. He is a Director of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference held annually at the China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing. He has worked and undertaken research for government and non-government sectors. Dr. Ping teaches courses on Global Political Economy, Global Development and South Asia at Bond University. He engages regularly with the public through newspaper articles, television and radio commentary and presents at seminars and conferences.
Dr. Stuart Murray is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Bond University where he teaches Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, Terrorism, Introduction to International Relations and Politically Motivated Violence. His main research interest is in the theory and practice of diplomacy. He has over fifty-five peer-to-peer publications in this area, is an Associate Editor of the journal Diplomacy & Foreign Policy (Brill Publishers), and is responsible for creating several new fields of research. Of these, Secret Diplomacy and Sports Diplomacy are perhaps the best known. In terms of the latter, he has advised several governments – most recently the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – and more than a few non-state actors, such as the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. As a result of these endeavours, Stuart was made a Fellow at Edinburgh University’s Academy of Sport, the world’s leading think tank concerning sport, international relations, diplomacy, society and culture. Stuart is a world leader in translating academic theory into practice, as well as in terms of inter-disciplinary research. The main driving force of his latest project – the anthropology of diplomacy – is to become the first Diplomatic Studies scholar to explore inter-group relations before the dawn of so-called civilisation
Dr Mark Dinnen is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bond University, Gold Coast. His teaching responsibilities include Introduction to International Relations, Introduction the Geopolitics, Australian Public & Foreign Policy, and The United Nations. Dr Dinnen’s PhD “The Pandemic Threat: Re-establishing the Utility of Hans Morgenthau’s Classical Realism for 21st Century International Relations” focused on the national power implications of pandemics, past, present, and future for the nation state. After co-creating a simulation software platform, the Global Strategic Operation Centre, Mark was awarded a seed grant from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching. The grant allowed Dr Dinnen to lead a team of academics who investigated the role of Model UN Conferences in developing employability skills in learners, and the potential for technology to intensify that development. In 2016 the results of Dr Dinnen’s research were published by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
Dr Dinnen is also the co-ordinator of the Bond University Model UN Team (BondMUNs). BondMUNs was created to provide Bond students with both the skills and support they require to participate in international Model United Nations Conferences.