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Politics and International Studies
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Everyone has a stake in how domestic and international political disputes are resolved and whether co-operation is improved. In GIR, we understand and explain politics and international relations as well as the forces that shape and drive political, economic and social change.
Our internationally recognised academics engage with the big issues the world faces today, dealing with everything from the US presidency to the implications of the war in Ukraine and Russia, terrorism, climate change, nuclear proliferation, the global refugee crisis and financial instability.
Understand traditional and emerging security challenges and apply theories to current events and policy debates. Explore complex, interconnected issues such as causes and consequences of war; ethnic, religious and ideological conflict; and threats from climate change, disease and nuclear proliferation. We will draw on economics, political science, law, business, public health and more.
Politics is the study of the nature of governments and the distribution of power at the domestic level. With our wide range of degrees, gain the knowledge, theoretical understanding and practical skills to engage with politics and understand the key elements of political systems, including government institutions, political parties, and social movements. You will also compare key elements of political systems including government institutions, political parties, interest groups, elections, patterns of political participation, and social movements.
International Relations is the study of the international political and economic system. Explore the historical development of that system, understand the actors, institutions, and processes of international politics and develop a critical insight into the forces governing the behaviour of states, the factors that lead to military conflict or peaceful co-operation, and the current trends towards a world that is both more globally integrated and fragmented.
The programs in Public Policy are primarily intended for those who have leadership aspirations in and for the government and the public sector, as well as for policy-relevant and strategic roles in the non-government/non-profit and corporate sectors. They are designed to develop an understanding of the core concepts, debates and contemporary developments in the politics and institutions of policy-making, public management, and governance. The Masters program also allow for a Specialisation in a particular policy area, such as economic policy, social policy or political economy. Students may also complete elective units that cover national, comparative and regional and global issues.
Our discipline offers teaching and internationally recognised research in all major fields, including:
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