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Studying Politics and International Relations

Answers to all your frequently asked questions
Want to know more about what you’ll learn when you study Politics and International Relations at USYD? Or get a better idea of the career opportunities after graduation? We’ve got the answers.

What will I learn?

Short answer: Along with political theories, institutions and movements, you’ll study the ways nations are connected and interact with each other – specifically their political, legal and economic relationships.

You'll be able to critically analyse these relationships and understand the behaviour of nations; i.e. 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.

Some of the issues you’ll explore include the global response to COVID-19, the Syrian War, the implications of Brexit, nuclear proliferation, the global refugee crisis, and Trump’s America.

Can I study Politics and International Relations in other degrees?

Short answer: Sort of.

As an undergrad, you can only study the dedicated Politics and International Relations stream in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations) degree.

But we also offer majors in Politics and International Relations, both of which are available separately across a range of degrees.

What’s the difference between Politics and International Relations and International and Global Studies?

Short answer: They’re related but have some pretty big differences.

Both programs include exclusive subjects available only to those enrolled in each stream.  

The Politics and International Relations stream focuses on politics at both the domestic and international levels, and – as previously mentioned - the ways nations relate to each other politically, legally and economically.

The International and Global Studies stream has more of a social and cultural focus. It includes language and exchange components that are built into the degree, and is more concerned with the history of social movements, effects of globalisation, cultural experiences, and linguistic skills.

What are my career opportunities?

Politics and International Relations graduates can be found across a broad range of careers and roles, including: diplomat, political adviser, trade negotiator, journalist, policy consultant, researcher, current affairs producer, intelligence and risk analyst, speechwriter, NGO development manager, project manager, communications specialist, public relations officer.

Prospective students should refer to our course pages for the most up-to-date information.

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