International Relations

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Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

International Relations

Master of International Relations

Students complete 96 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 30 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 24 credit points of selective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 36 credit points of elective units of study, which can include an optional specialisation:
(i) Economics specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and 6 credit points in units selected from the list
(ii) Foreign Language specialisation: 18 credit points
(iii) Global Migrations specialisation: 18 credit points
(iv) Human Rights specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and 6 credit points in units selected from the list
(v) International Law specialisation: 18 credit points
(vi) Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation: 18 credit points
(vii) Political Economy specialisation: 18 credit points
(viii) Social Research specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and 6 credit points in units selected from the list
(ix) American Foreign Policy specialisation: 6 credit points in compulsory units and 12 credit points in units selected from the list
(d) a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

Graduate Diploma in International Relations

Students complete 48 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 24 credit points of selective units of study
(c) a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units of study

Graduate Certificate in International Relations

Students complete 24 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a maximum of 12 credit points of selective units of study.

Core

All Masters students will complete the following two core units:
GOVT6137
Forces of Change in Int Relations
6      Semester 2
GOVT6147
Foundations of International Relations
6      Semester 1
Masters students completing 72 credit points must also complete one of the following three units of study. Masters students completing 96 credit points must complete all of the following three units of study:
GOVT6116
International Organisations
6      Intensive March
GOVT6119
International Security
6      Semester 2
GOVT6123
Globalisation and Governance
6      Semester 2

Selective units of study

GOVT6100
Foundations of Comparative Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6108
Democracy, Development and Rights in SE Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6109
Political Regimes and Regime Transition

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6111
Chinese Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6121
Northeast Asian Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6      Semester 1
GOVT6139
Research Design
6      Semester 1
GOVT6148
Dissertation Part 1

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6    C GOVT6139

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6149
Dissertation Part 2

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6    C GOVT6148

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6150
Challenges of Democratic Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6156
Strategy and Civil Society

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6159
Emotions, Agenda Setting, and Public Policy

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6223
Topics in Environmental Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6229
Campaigning: Data, Politics, Strategy

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6301
Public Sector Ethics and Corruption
6      Semester 2
GOVT6304
Development and World Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6311
Issues in Public Policy
6      Semester 2
GOVT6313
Leadership in Theory and Practice

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6314
Terrorism and International Security
6      Semester 1
GOVT6316
The Politics of Policy Making
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6331
Public Management and Governance
6      Semester 1
GOVT6336
Media Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6357
International Policy Making

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
GOVT6359
US-China Relations
6      Semester 2
CISS6001
New Security Challenges
6      Semester 2
CISS6002
Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific
6      Semester 1
CISS6004
Health and Security
6      Semester 2
CISS6006
Intervention and 'Fragile' States
6      Semester 1
CISS6013
Middle East Conflict and Security
6    N GOVT6154
Semester 1
CISS6016
Chinese Foreign and Security Policy

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1
CISS6018
Nuclear Arms Control and Non-proliferation
6      Semester 2
CISS6019
War and Strategy

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
CISS6022
Cybersecurity
6      Intensive November
USSC6903
US Foreign and National Security Policy
6      Semester 1

Capstone units of study

Students completing a Masters in International Relations are required to complete at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study. Students complete either of the following two capstone options;

(1) Semester-long research project

GOVT6127
Research Project/Essay
6      Semester 1
Semester 2

(2) Year-long dissertation project

Students wishing to complete the year-long dissertation project must have completed GOVT6139 Research Design.
GOVT6340
Dissertation Part 1
6    P Completion of 4 postgraduate units - 75% or above average

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6341
Dissertation Part 2
6    C Recommended Co-requisites: GOVT6340 (if enrolled full-time).

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Elective units of study

Students who complete 18 credit points within a single cognate discipline with relevance to International Relations will have a specialisation recorded. Students must satisfy any prerequisite requirements set by the offering Department or Centre, as well as any prerequisites set by individual units of study, before they enrol in any unit of study. Students may complete up to 12 credit points (2 units of study) outside the International Relations postgraduate Unit of Study table, with permission of the Postgraduate Coursework coordinator.
BETH5209
Medicines Policy, Economics and Ethics
6    A A degree in science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, law, communications, public policy, business, economics, commerce, organisation studies, or other relevant field, or by special permission.


Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Semester 2
FASS7001
Academic English for Postgraduates
6   

Where students intend to complete both FASS7001 and FASS7002, they should undertake FASS7001 first then FASS7002. Do not enrol in both in one semester.
Semester 1
Semester 2
FASS7002
Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6405
Government Masters Placement

This unit of study is not available in 2021

12    P 24 credit points in GOVT 6000 level units
N GOVT6148 or GOVT6149 or GOVT6340 or GOVT6341 or GOVT6127

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
SCLG6923
Social Justice Vocational Project Design
6    N SCLG6914
Semester 1
Semester 2
SCLG6913
Social Justice Vocational Placement
6    P 24 credit points at 6000 level and including SCLG6923

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive February
Intensive January
Intensive July
Intensive November
Semester 1
Semester 1b
Semester 2
Semester 2b
SSPS6001
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6      Semester 1
SSPS6002
Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6      Semester 1
WRIT6000
Professional Writing
6      Semester 2
WRIT6001
Professional Editing
6      Semester 1

Optional specialisations

Economics specialisation

12 credit points in compulsory units
ECON6001
Microeconomics Analysis 1
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5040
N ECON6701
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON6002
Macroeconomics Analysis 1
6    P ECON5002
N ECON6702
Semester 1
Semester 2
At least 6 credit points of elective units from the following
ECON5006
Economics of Law and Public Policy
6      Semester 1
ECON5007
The Economics of Financial Markets
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5040
Semester 2
ECON5008
Behavioural Economics
6    P (ECON5001 or ECON5040) and (ECMT5001 or QBUS5001)
Intensive September
ECON5026
Strategic Business Relationships
6      Semester 2
ECON6003
Mathematical Methods of Econ Analysis
6    P ECON5001 and ECON5002
N ECON6703
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON6006
Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour
6    P ECON6001 or ECOF6080 or ECON6701
Semester 2
ECON6008
International Money and Finance
6    P ECON5002
Semester 2
ECON6009
Economics of the Labour Market
6    P ECON6001 or ECON6002
Semester 1
ECON6010
Public Economics
6    P (ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON6002 or ECON6702)
Semester 2
ECON6016
Trade and Development
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5002 or ECON5040
Semester 2
ECON6018
Environmental Economics
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5040
Semester 1
ECON6021
Financial Economics
6    P (ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON6002 or ECON6702)
Semester 1
ECON6023
International Trade
6    P ECON6001 or ECON6701
Semester 1
ECON6025
Strategic Decision Making
6    P ECON6001 or ECOF6080 or ECON6701
Semester 2
ECON6029
Health Economics and Policy Evaluation
6    P (ECON5001 or ECON5040) and (ECMT5001 or QBUS5001)
Semester 2
ECON6031
International Finance and Globalisation
6    P ECON5001 and ECON5002
Intensive April
ECON6101
Special Topics in Economics 1
6    P ECON5001 and ECON5002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students must seek written permission from the School of Economics Postgraduate Coordinator to enrol in this unit.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON6102
Special Topics in Economics 2
6    P ECON5001 and ECON5002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Foreign Language specialisation

18 credit points from the following
ASNS6010
Asian Language Acquisition 1
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ASNS6011
Asian Language Acquisition 2
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ASNS6012
Asian Language Acquisition 3
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ASNS6013
Asian Language Acquisition 4
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EUST7010
European Language Acquisition 1
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EUST7011
European Language Acquisition 2
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EUST7012
European Language Acquisition 3
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EUST7013
European Language Acquisition 4
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Global Migrations specialisation

18 credit points from the following
ECOP6015
Global Employment and Migration

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1
FASS6001
Dimensions of Inequality
6      Semester 1
GOVT6108
Democracy, Development and Rights in SE Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
SCLG6700
Global and Regional Migration Governance

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1

Human Rights specialisation

12 credit points from the following
HRTD6901
Human Rights and the Human Rights System
6      Semester 1
HRTD6916
Human Rights Simulation
6      Semester 1
6 credit points from the following
HRTD6903
Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
6      Semester 2
HRTD6906
The Philosophy of Human Rights
6    N PHIL7607
Semester 1
SCLG6916
Indigenous Rights - Global Issues
6      Semester 2

International Law specialisation

18 credit points from the following
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6062
International Law-the Use of Armed Force

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6    N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6161
International Human Rights
6    N GOVT6117


Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Semester 2
LAWS6218
International Humanitarian Law

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6    N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive October
LAWS6243
International Law I
6    N LAWS1023 or LAWS5005


This unit is compulsory for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students who have not completed any previous study in international law and must be taken during the first semester of candidature. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Semester 2
Session 1 Early Census
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5178 or LAWS3478


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6856
International Counter-Terrorism Law
6    A Students should have either completed LAWS6243 International Law I or have an understanding in at least one of the following areas: public or a specialised area of international law or criminal law or criminology or human rights or security and conflict studies acquired through university studies and/or relevant professional experience.
N CISS6011 or LAWS3483


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php
Intensive October
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS6202


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6928
Courts, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478 or LAWS5178

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html.
Intensive May

Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation

18 credit points from the following
PACS6901
United Nations, Peace and Security
6      Semester 1
PACS6902
Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation
6      Semester 2
PACS6903
Peace and the Environment

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
PACS6909
Cultures of Violence
6      Intensive May
PACS6911
Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
6    N SCWK6930
Intensive March
PACS6912
Nonviolence: Philosophy and Practice

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6    N SCWK6933
Semester 2
PACS6913
Conflict in Organisations

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Summer Main
PACS6914
Conflict-Resolving Media
6    N SCWK6935
Intensive August
PACS6915
Human Rights, Peace and Justice

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6    N SCWK6941
Semester 2
PACS6921
Peace of Mind: The Psychology of Peace
6      Semester 2
PACS6924
Democracy in the Developing World

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1
PACS6925
Peace and the Global Compact

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2b
PACS6928
Community Mediation: Theory and Practice

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Intensive April
PACS6931
Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice
6      Intensive October
PACS6934
Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice
6      Intensive May

Political Economy specialisation

18 credit points from the following
ECOP6010
International Trade Regulation

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
ECOP6011
USA-Europe-Japan: From Growth to Crisis

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1
ECOP6012
Country Risk Analysis
6      Semester 2
ECOP6015
Global Employment and Migration

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1
ECOP6016
China in the International Economy
6      Semester 1
ECOP6017
Inequality in the Global Economy

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
ECOP6018
Economic Development: Growth and Wellbeing
6      Semester 1
ECOP6031
Research in Political Economy
6      Semester 2
ECOP6033
Research Project
6    P 24 Credit Points
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECOP6101
Core Concepts in Political Economy
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
ECOP6103
Strategic Debates on Economic Change
6      Semester 1
ECOP6108
Economic Management for Sustainability

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1
ECOP6115
History of Australian Capitalism

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
ECOP6130
Human Rights and International Development

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6    N SCLG6912


This unit is delivered at the University of Sydney.
Semester 1
ECOP6901
Finance and Economic Change
6      Semester 2

Social Research specialisation

12 credit points from the following
SSPS6001
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6      Semester 1
SSPS6002
Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6      Semester 1
6 credit points from the following
ECOP6031
Research in Political Economy
6      Semester 2
FASS6001
Dimensions of Inequality
6      Semester 1
GOVT6139
Research Design
6      Semester 1
SSPS6004
Social Research Ethics
6    N SCLG6902 or SCLG3003
Semester 1
SSPS6005
Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
6      Semester 2
SSPS6006
Data Analytics for Social Research
6      Semester 2
SSPS6007
Intro to Computational Social Sciences
6      Semester 2

American Foreign Policy specialisation

6 credit points from the following:
USSC6903
US Foreign and National Security Policy
6      Semester 1
12 credit points from the following
GOVT6359
US-China Relations
6      Semester 2
USSC6205
Internship Project
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
USSC6902
US Politics: Presidency and Congress
6      Semester 2
USSC6910
Special Topics in US Studies
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
USSC6922
US Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 1
Semester 2

Country Risk Assessment specialisation

6 credit points from the following
ECOP6012
Country Risk Analysis
6      Semester 2
6 credit points from the following
GOVT6109
Political Regimes and Regime Transition

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6      Semester 2
CISS6006
Intervention and 'Fragile' States
6      Semester 1
6 credit points from the following
SSPS6002
Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6      Semester 1
SSPS6001
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6      Semester 1