Why do states go to war? Why is democracy considered good and despotism bad? What types of people become terrorists, and should they be applauded or condemned? Do we have obligations to alleviate the suffering of people living beyond our shores? Should political leaders be virtuous and trustworthy? Is it the role of citizens to ‘keep the bastards honest’?
If you are passionate about these questions, want to know more about power, violence and justice, and can see yourself in a career in government, foreign relations or advocacy, then Politics and International Relations at ACU is for you.
From the everyday politics of the local level to the power struggles of great nations, the Politics and International Relations major at ACU offers students interested in the workings of diplomacy, warfare, elections, the global economy, the nature of political parties, and the rise and fall of great powers, the conceptual tools to think critically and act decisively in an ever-changing world.
As an ACU graduate in Politics and International Relations what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation you will be able to:
- Understand the ideas and values that underpin different political traditions
- Analyse and offer concrete advice on political actors, institutions and events, both domestically and globally
- Create and/or apply frameworks to bring order to a large volume of disparate data sets and sources
- Synthesise information from a range of perspectives and approaches to isolate unanticipated connections
- Understand the real-world dynamics of complicated, multi-actor decision-making processes
- Combine aspects of theory with the practical study of concrete problems and events
Where to from ACU?
- Our students have gone onto work for leading government departments, international organisations, NGOs, the private sector, and in research
- Our History specialisation provides a pathway for further study at the Honours, Master’s and Doctoral levels
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification, the History specialisation is an enriching pathway to becoming a secondary-school History teacher