International Relations is a sub-set of Politics. It explores such matters as war and peace, global economic management, international rules & organisations, foreign policy, the evolution of ethics in a global context, dealing with ‘failed’ and ‘rogue’ states, terrorism and the responses to it. Thus International Relations looks both at specific issues in some detail as well as the ‘big-picture’ of how the global political system works and is developing.
We offer several undergraduate units as well as a postgraduate course-work program (primarily the Masters in International Relations). It is possible to engage in International Relations from first-year right through to Honours and beyond. The following is a sample of the units taught:
- Introduction to international relations
- Foreign policies of the great & emerging powers
- Crisis zone: the international relations of the Middle East
- Arms control & world politics
- Washington & world politics
- Power & injustice in world politics
- Ethics in world politics
- International political economy
- Strategic studies
- Issues in global politics
In addition, International Relations staff are active researchers and available to supervise a diverse range of honours and post-graduate dissertations and theses.