Politics and International Relations

Making the world safe begins with knowing how it works.

We believe an understanding of international politics and human security is critical to solving world conflict. That’s why we offer politics and international relations at Swinburne.

Politics and international relations is an opportunity to explore international politics and policy, history, conflict and theory. We place an emphasis on current challenges that occupy the international agenda, including human rights, international violence, security ethics and major conflicts. We also provide an understanding of traditional and contemporary security problems, and explore Australia’s engagement with the Asia-Pacific region.

Joanne Hajjar accepting graduation scroll from Chancellor Graham Goldsmith

Take on a Grand Challenge

Is the Great Australian Dream of a quarter acre block dead? Will we be renters for life? How can we afford decent housing? In her final-year Grand Challenges project, Joanna Hajjar (pictured) wrestled with those questions and developed solutions alongside experts and fellow students.  

You too could dive into a Grand Challenge of your own, covering topics like sustainable cities or digital transformations in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Transitions.

The Swinburne Advantage

We turn knowing into know-how.

We believe an undergraduate education must be about more than knowledge. In today’s competitive job market, it must be about true job readiness.

Starting in 2016, we’re expanding access to our Work Integrated Learning opportunities. It’s just a matter of choosing the opportunity that suits your future.

Choose from professional degrees, professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. There are also a range of other opportunities you can create.

You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence in knowing you have what it takes to land a job in your field by graduation.

We think it’s an approach that makes the adventure worth taking. See for yourself.
The Swinburne Advantage. Available to all new undergraduate students from 2016.

Political Internship

Internship Program


The prestigious Victoria Parliamentary Internship Program is welcoming Swinburne students in 2017. This program gives students the rare opportunity to work alongside Members of Parliament, researching the challenges facing Australia’s political landscape, exploring how policy is shaped and gaining invaluable political insights, all while earning credit towards their Swinburne degree.

Politics and international relations courses

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