International & Pol. Studies - APOLA14400

Stream Summary

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Contact: UNSW Canberra, Student Administrative Services

Program: 4400 - Arts


Bachelor of Arts (Major)

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Stream Outline

International and Political Studies involves the study of power - how it is exercised and by whom, and how its privileges and responsibilities are a focus of conflict. The program is designed for students who are interested in politics and international affairs in a rapidly changing global environment. Our courses cover the major actors, ideas and key issues of domestic, regional and global politics, all of which have a profound impact on Australia’s national security and its place in the world. The program emphasises the development of critical thinking and high-level analytical and communication skills. The skills and knowledge gained through the program are valuable for members of the ADF, which operates in an increasingly challenging domestic and international environment.

Stream Structure

In the first year the teaching program is designed to introduce students to the theories and key issues of Australian politics and international relations. International and Political Studies (IPS) 1A examines the role of ideals, interests and power in the Australian political system. International and Political Studies (IPS) 1B covers world politics, the shifting balance of power, international organisations, and the sources of conflict.

In year 2 and 3, the teaching program focuses on four themes:

International relations
Countries of strategic significance to Australia
Security studies
Political thought

A major in International and Political Studies comprises:

Two Level I courses:
plus 36 UOC which must be from Level II and Level III courses, with at least 18 UOC at Level III.

Level II Courses:
Level III Courses:
Students may also include the following courses as part of an International and Political Studies major:


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a separate fourth-year Honours program which consists of coursework and sub-thesis which expands and further develops the intellectual skills of our best students. Admission to International and Political Studies Honours is at the discretion of the Head of School. Interested students should contact the Honours Program Coordinator within HASS.
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