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.

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.

Work Integrated Learning allows you to gain professional experience as part of your studies at Swinburne. 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 undergraduates.

Swinburne pHD student Dimity Hawkins helped found ICAN, who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

Student success


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.

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.

Politics and international relations courses

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