In order to make informed political decisions, it is vital to understand how the world works. That’s exactly what we offer with our politics and international relations majors.

Through our political science and international relations degrees, students will learn global politics and policy as well as history and conflict. With an emphasis on the common challenges facing nations around the world – such as human rights, violence and ethics – our politics and international relations courses give a thorough overview of traditional and modern security problems with a particular focus on Australia’s role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Understanding international politics is the first step in creating what we all want: a safe and prosperous world. Browse our courses to find detailed course information, application dates, entry requirements, fees, subjects, ATAR calculator and more. 

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    STUDENT SUCCESS

    Making Nobel Peace Prize-winning change

    What do Obama, Mother Theresa and Swinburne PhD candidate Dimity Hawkins have in common? They’ve all been involved in Nobel Peace Prize-winning work. Dimity helped found the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2006. Last year, they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – the first Australian organisation to receive it. ‘I was completely blown away by the win,’ she said.

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An undergraduate degree must be about more than just knowledge – it’s also job readiness, professional experience and access to further opportunities. 

We partner with leading Australian and global organisations to offer students authentic workplace experiences. Our degrees can include placements, internships, industry-linked projects, study tours and more. This is your chance to work on real-life projects, solve day-to-day challenges in your field and gain the professional skills that put knowledge into practice. You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence, knowing you have what it takes to land a job by graduation or even before. 

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    Swinburne guarantees real industry experience in all our bachelor degrees in the form of placements, internships or industry-linked projects. Find out more about Swinburne's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs.

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