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  • Objectives
    The course is designed to provide a specialised postgraduate program in international relations for suitably qualified graduates; appropriate professional education for current or prospective employees working in the areas of foreign affairs, defence, international trade and related areas; advanced grounding in the academic debates and research literatures in the field of international relations and cognate subjects for students who intend to pursue doctoral studies and an academic career.Learning outcomesGraduates from this course should be able to: * have a high level appreciation of the broad dimensions and content of the academic field of Internation Relations; * have a high level understanding of the key theoretical concepts, major historical themes and significant current issues within International Relations; * have an excellent appreciation of outstanding policy issues in International Relations; * have excellent skills in academic research, verbal argument and professional writing.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in International Relations (or approved equivalents) must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature, and may take into account relevant work experience.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts (International Relations)
  • Course description
    The Master of Arts (International Relations) is a 72-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences. It requires two years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

    This course articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in International Relations and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in International Relations, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed either of these courses are awarded credit for related topics.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [January, 2009]

    A student's program of study must be approved by the Program Approver.

    To qualify for the Master of Arts (International Relations), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

    AUSTRALIAN PROGRAM (available at Flinders)
    First Year

    36 units selected from the following:

    ASST7017
        

    Australia in Asia
        

    6

    POLI7016
        

    Elites in Southeast Asia
        

    6

    POLI7027
        

    France and Social Democracy: International Perspectives
        

    6

    POLI7037
        

    Gender and Politics in Latin America
        

    6

    POLI7038
        

    Political Economy of Reform in China Since 1978
        

    6

    POLI7047
        

    Justice and World Order: Theories and Debates
        

    6

    POLI7056
        

    Supervised Honours Study and Research
        

    6

    POLI7058
        

    Cuban Politics in the Post-Cold Ware Era
        

    6

    POLI7060
        

    States, Nations and International Relations
        

    6

    POLI7061
        

    Global Security in the Information Age
        

    6

    POLI7062
        

    International Human Rights: Theory and Practice
        

    6

    POLI8010
        

    Bibliographic Studies in Politics *
        

    12

    POLI8011
        

    Development Praxis: Equity, Sustainability and Participation
        

    6

    * Students who aim to complete the 24-unit dissertation are encouraged to undertake the 12-unit topic POLI8010 Bibliographic Studies In Politics in preparation.

    No more than 12 units may be chosen from the following:

    AMST3011
        

    The Alliance: The Shaping of Australian and American Trade and Strategic Policy
        

    6

    DVST1001A
        

    The Political Economy of International Development
        

    6

    INTR1006A
        

    International Relations: An Introduction
        

    6

    INTR1007A
        

    Australia and the World
        

    6

    INTR1010A
        

    The Middle East: From the Rebirth of Zionism to the Iraq War
        

    6

    INTR2004
        

    Peace and War
        

    6

    INTR2024
        

    The Modern International System
        

    6

    INTR2044
        

    Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific Region
        

    6

    INTR3004
        

    Australian Foreign Policy
        

    6

    INTR3022
        

    Regionalism in East Asia: ASEAN, APEC and Beyond
        

    6

    INTR3039
        

    International Political Economy and World Order
        

    6

    INTR3058
        

    Regional Security in the Asia-Pacific
        

    6

    INTR3061
        

    Food, Frontiers and International Relations
        

    6

    INTR3062
        

    Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Security
        

    6

    INTR3064
        

    Africa on a Global Stage
        

    6

    INTR3065
        

    The United States, International Relations and World Politics
        

    6

    POLI3060
        

    Globalisation and Ethics
        

    6

    SOCI3037
        

    Nations and the Challenges of Multiculturalism and Globalisation
        

    6

    Second Year

    36 units comprising:

    Either:

    INTR9010
        

    International Relations and World Politics, or
        

    6

    INTR9010A
        

    International Relations and World Politics
        

    12

    Plus one of:

    INTR9912
        

    International Relations Paper (12 units)
        

    12

    INTR9918
        

    International Relations Thesis (18 units)
        

    18

    INTR9924
        

    International Relations Dissertatiion (24 units)
        

    24

    Students must make up the remaining units (for a total of 36) from the following:

    INTR9003
        

    Justice and World Order: Theories and Debates
        

    6

    INTR9006
        

    Governance and the New Political Economy of East Asia
        

    6

    INTR9007
        

    Contemporary Issues in Gender and Development
        

    6

    INTR9009
        

    Advanced Studies in International Relations
        

    6

    INTR9011
        

    The Political Economy of Economic Reform in China
        

    6

    INTR9026
        

    Empires and International Relations
        

    6

    INTR9027
        

    Global Security in the Information Age: Issues and Debates
        

    6

    INTR9029
        

    Debating Human Rights in International Relations
        

    6

    INTR9030
        

    International Human Rights: Theory and Practice
        

    6

    INTR9031
        

    Japan in a Globalised World
        

    6

    INTR9041
        

    African Politics: Global Issues
        

    6

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * no topic may be attempted more than twice;
        * a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken;
        * the program must be completed within twelve consecutive semesters or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board.

    HONG KONG PROGRAM: NO NEW STUDENT INTAKE
    The 72-unit program can be taken in Hong Kong. All students must submit for approval by the Director of Studies a proposal which outlines their specific interests in the broad field of international relations and the particular subject they would like to pursue for their independent, supervised study.

    Students must complete 36 units comprising:

    Core topics

    INTR9010A
        

    International Relations and World Politics
        

    12

        

    plus either
        

    INTR9924
        

    International Relations Research Dissertation (24 units)
        

    24

        

    or all of the following:
        

    INTR9112
        

    International Relations Research Project
        

    12

    INTR9012
        

    Asia-Pacific Political Economy
        

    6

    # Except with permission of the Faculty Board: no topic may be attempted more than twice;
    # a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken;
    # the program must be completed within four consecutive semesters or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board.

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