NOTE: This course is in phase-out mode and is no longer accepting applications for admisssion.
Current students needing assistance with course planning for completion of the course requirments should contact the Arts & Music Student Centre.
The political science program at the University of Melbourne is a large and diverse teaching program offering subjects in theoretical and applied areas of inquiry. It offers a range of popular internship schemes in the Victorian Parliament and public, community and private sector agencies.
The political science program concentrates on providing practical experience and teaching the range of skills and theoretical approaches adopted in political analysis. Heightened personal awareness, self-confidence and a firm grasp of specific knowledge are some of the principal benefits available to students of politics. The School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology has a strong research profile and students will work with nationally and internationally recognised teaching staff. Students have the opportunity to spend semesters at European, American and Asian universities and are provided with an articulated structure of higher degree study options to further their interests and knowledge in the discipline. A variety of career pathways are available to students of political science that draw on the analytical and research knowledge gained in this area of study.
The study of political science helps in gaining an understanding of the major social and political issues that dominate the local and international agenda. Political science is the study of how individuals and groups exercise or resist forces of power and influence. It deals with phenomena ranging from the construction of political self-identity and political allegiance to how local, national and international communities deal with cooperation, conflict and dissent.