Credit points


Major available at

  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney

Additional information

Politics is the study of power, violence and justice in our world. The questions of who gets what, why and how much, are persistent concerns plaguing all societies. In a world increasingly short of resources individuals and nations now frequently do battle with each other to secure their own prosperity and peace. By looking at how these battles are won and lost, the discipline of Politics gives students insight into the workings of diplomacy, warfare, elections, the global economy, the nature of political parties, and the rise and fall of great powers. From everyday politics at the local level to the politics among nations, the Politics major at ACU will offer students interested in world affairs the conceptual tools to think critically and act decisively in a world that is ever changing. Graduates find employment within the public service, NGOs, international organisations such as the UN, as well as in the private sector.

Admission requirements

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.

Completion requirements

A student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit offerings, consisting of:

a. 20 cp at 100-level (Part A);

b. 40 cp at 200-level (Part B);

c. 20 cp at 300-level (Part C).

Part A : 100-level Units

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
POLS101Introduction to Australian Politics10
POLS104Introduction to International Relations10

Part B : 200-level Units

Complete exactly 40 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
POLS201Middle Eastern Politics10
POLS203American Politics and Culture10
POLS211The Dragon Awakens: China and the New World10
POLS213Security, Terrorism and Human Rights10
POLS214The Nature of Democracy10
POLS216Populism in the 21st Century: From Brexit to Trump and Beyond10
POLS217Religion and World Politics10
POLS218Authoritarianism in the 21st Century10
POLS219Post-Colonial and Non-Western Politics10
POLS220Politics and the Media10
POLS221Politics in Practice: Solving Contemporary Political Challenges10
HIST215Europe Divided and United 1945-Present10Cross-listed units
HIST225Us Foreign Policy Since 194510Cross-listed units
HUMA332Arts and Humanities Special Project10Cross-listed units

Part C : 300-level Units

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
POLS309World Politics and Justice10
POLS310Australia in the World10
POLS311Parliamentary Internship20*Restriction requirement for POLS311: A quota applies to this unit. In Victoria and NSW students must be undertaking a major in Politics and International Relations; in Queensland students must be undertaking a major in Sociology or History. Permission of the National Head of School is required prior to enrolling in this unit.

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