- Total credit points
- 40 Your complete degree
This program can be completed in 4 months (1 semester)
This program can be completed in 4 months (1 semester)
Students must choose one (1) of the following subjects. Students who do not have a cognate undergraduate degree must choose either Introduction to International Relations or Geopolitics.
The ability to find, read, interpret and learn from data has become critical in determining the future of all human endeavours. This subject introduces you to the principles and applications of research methodology, equipping you with lifelong skills to design, execute and present research of integrity in your current studies and future professions. You will explore research purposes, methods and tools for data selection, interpretation and analysis, and learn how to present findings and visualise data in ways that address the needs of diverse educational and industry contexts.Read more
This subject introduces you to the basic concepts and theoretical approaches in International Relations, and it forms the essential foundation for further explorations of the field. Introduction to International Relations provides you with a framework for the analysis of contemporary international affairs. You will learn a theoretical foundation that allows you to investigate and analyse specific matters in international relations such as war and peace, the state and nationalism, sovereignty and intervention, non-state actors, and human security.Read more
Geopolitics, traditionally the study of power relations across geographic space, has transformed to embrace the cyber domain, astropolitics, and the geopolitics of sustainability. This subject introduces you to classical themes of sea power and the return of great power rivalry, and critical issue areas such as the geopolitical impacts of climate change and resource competition. You will examine geostrategies employed by global and regional actors, including China, the United States, and Russia across global regions, through the lens of geopolitical theory. This analytical approach is accompanied by historical and regional-cultural contexts, providing you with knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of contemporary geopolitical challenges.Read more
Students must choose thirty credit points (30CP) of the following subjects.
This subject is premised on the belief that an evolved understanding of human communication is central to the construction of personal identities and relationships, and further, our engagement in our social world. Therefore, this subject aims to help you acquire an advanced understanding of the key concepts, theories, and perspectives that govern the study and practice of relational communication. In reviewing alternative approaches within the field, you will explore issues related to the development, maintenance, and dissolution of relationships across a range of contexts. Incorporating a 'dark side' approach to the study of personal communication, you will critically examine topics ranging from attraction and love to conflict, gossip, privacy, deception, and transgressions. You will further develop your abilities to engage with and analyse research and theory about relationships and apply your newly acquired knowledge to analyse real-world communication problems.Read more
This subject is anchored in a set of values that explore the notion that crime is everywhere and knows no borders. This subject examines how and what type of criminal acts are occurring and also where this is happening. With the advent of Globalisation, the threat of transnational crime has never been more pressing. The subject will also look at the law enforcement and investigative challenges of the new age international crime types and the attempts to meet these through cooperative cross-national responses. The subject also looks at the cross-national and international efforts of police, courts, international agencies and correctional authorities to deal with these emerging issues. Further, the subject examines the challenges presented by transnational crime within an international relations context and explores the efforts of diplomacy, at regional and global levels, in dealing with it.Read more
This subject introduces you to the study of security and strategy in the contemporary world. You will gain an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and policy applications of the fast-evolving field of security studies, including strategic planning. The subject covers a broad range of approaches and issues, from traditional military security issues and associated strategies to non-traditional ones such as pandemics and climate change.Read more
In this advanced subject, you'll explore the interplay of history, theory, and practical implementation within public policy. By analysing global and local complexities, you'll gain insights into contemporary politics and refine skills in policy assessment. A key focus is on examining pivotal actors and institutions in policy development. You'll explore core facets of public policy, from theoretical foundations and definitions to dynamic execution, comprehensive evaluation, and the role of media and ethics. In addition, this subject examines Australia's diplomacy, national security, human rights, and environmental policies. Through this in-depth exploration of public policy, you will comprehend the multifaceted influences shaping modern policy landscapes.Read more
This subject introduces you to core concepts of global governance, including areas of evolution and innovation necessitated by Twenty-First Century challenges. You will examine global governance from diverse perspectives, the dominant though still formative framework of the prevailing era of globalisation. Foundational views of world governance include those of the United Nations system, the idea of governance through a hegemon (now contested for the USA), and the concert of powers as an expression of a multipolar distribution of power. Recent multilateral approaches factor in corporate, non-government and civil society sectors of activity. You will learn to assess distinctive conceptual models, including integrative regionalism (exemplified by the EU), actor-networks (as indicated by global city interactions), areas of governance innovation (orbital space, AI and digital norms), and alternative forms of civilisational and popular representation. Having examined these concepts, you will develop an ability to consider their application to selected global issues. Innovating Global Governance will give you an opportunity to develop a concept of world governance that draws from existing models or incorporates new features.Read more
This subject introduces you to the study and practice of contemporary diplomacy. You will explore and research diplomacy's evolving agenda while promoting an understanding of diplomacy's intercultural dynamics and an interrogation of diplomacy's prospects and limitations in the real world. A range of professionally oriented activities, scenarios and facilitated discussions will give you an opportunity to apply your research knowledge to the practical realities of diplomacy in the 21st Century.Read more
This subject introduces you to the ‘extreme’ and radically changing twenty-first century existing security structures, defence systems and security. You will learn about the rise and continued evolution of terrorism as a form of politically motivated violence. Terrorism, a sub-field of the International Relations discipline, is analysed through an inter-disciplinary lens. This theoretical perspective introduces you to the relationship between terrorism and war, religion, human security, the state and security. You will also explore the strategies deployed by States and Institutions to combat this lethal form of political activism.Read more
This subject introduces you to the field of human security, global political economy and global development. You will examine global political economy theory by studying the elemental three: mercantilism, liberalism and Marxism. Human Security and Global Development also explores the more contemporary work of global political economy scholars who have both reinvigorated and challenged the elemental three theories with new ideas and critiques. The second part of the subject applies the field of global political economy to the pressing question of global development. How can the bulk of humanity be lifted beyond mere existence? Which structures of the global political economy are critical to global development and which of these are supporting or undermining these efforts? In this subject, you will gain advanced theoretical, historical and practical understanding of global development and the ability to employ the principles of global political economy in the pursuit of global development.Read more
This subject introduces Earth and Global Systems, climate mechanisms, ocean and atmospheric interactions and changes to those that will raise significant challenges for human survival. Major issues include drought, desertification, rising temperatures, natural disasters, pandemics, loss of habitats and agricultural land. Rising sea levels and severe weather events will impact human habitation, cause forced migration, change food production, habitat loss and loss of animals and fish stocks. These changes will challenge health and economic systems, geopolitical boundaries, global communities, international law, and our treatment of others and the natural world. Forced population movement and migrations as well as changes in disease patterns will compound these problems, particularly with a growing world population. The subject provides a broad background to climate change and its associated problems so that people can face their future with a greater understanding of how to tackle a changing world. Based on this understanding, students are then introduced to the relationship between climate science and environmental management actions to address the impacts of a changing climate. Students will evaluate and develop strategies, policy objectives and the implementation of action plans for adaptation, mitigation and resilience. International organisations and agreements addressing climate change will be examined. The roles of governments, business and communities will be assessed. Local, national and global action plans will be examined to provide a clear understanding of how this global issue is impacting on the future sustainability of the planet.Read more
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Take the guess work out of planning your study schedule. Your program's study plan has been carefully curated to provide a clear guide on the sequential subjects to be studied in each semester of your program. Your study plan is designed around connected subject themes to equip you with the fundamental knowledge required as you progress through your course.