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 2024 Admission.

Completion requirements

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

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

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

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

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Schedule of unit offerings

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

  • POLS101Introduction to Australian Politics10 CP
  • POLS104Introduction to International Relations10 CP

Complete exactly 40 credit points from the following:

  • POLS201Middle Eastern Politics10 CP
  • POLS203American Politics and Culture10 CP
  • POLS211The Dragon Awakens: China and the New World10 CP
  • POLS213Security, Terrorism and Human Rights10 CP
  • POLS214The Nature of Democracy10 CP
  • POLS216Populism in the 21st Century: From Brexit to Trump and Beyond10 CP
  • POLS217Religion and World Politics10 CP
  • POLS218Authoritarianism in the 21st Century10 CP
  • POLS219Post-Colonial and Non-Western Politics10 CP
  • POLS220Politics and the Media10 CP
  • POLS221Politics in Practice: Solving Contemporary Political Challenges10 CP
  • HIST215Europe Divided and United 1945-Present10 CP

    Cross-listed units

  • HIST225Us Foreign Policy Since 194510 CP

    Cross-listed units

  • HUMA207More than a Museum: Modern Rome10 CP
  • HUMA332Arts and Humanities Special Project10 CP

    Cross-listed units

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

  • POLS309World Politics and Justice10 CP
  • POLS310Australia in the World10 CP
  • POLS311Parliamentary Internship20 CP

    *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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