Political Science and International Relations

Make a global impact by tackling political challenges and opportunities


Have you ever wondered what’s going on behind the scenes of politics? Enter an exciting program of study that enables you to develop a core understanding of our complex world. From leading collaborations across government, community and industry, to developing policies and responses to major societal opportunities, challenges and injustices, you’ll be equipped to make an impact on the world. 

Our research and teaching explore the politics and governance of our complex and dynamic world. We are passionate about training students to responsibly tackle our world's political challenges. 

Exploring a range of contemporary issues and challenges facing governments, peoples and international organisations, we examine and compare political systems and politics and relations in a range of countries and regions. 

This includes:

  • terrorism and political violence
  • global financial crises
  • interstate rivalry and relations
  • migration, gender and economic inequality
  • development
  • environmental politics

The lead for the Discipline of Political Science and International Relations is Associate Professor Jie Chen


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Political Science and International Relations courses

Our Political Science and International Relations major provides you with an understanding of how societies govern themselves and associated policies. A major in this area allows students to explore important contemporary issues affecting the governance of our world today.

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Collaborations and scholarships

We have an active program for volunteers within the Political Sciences and International Relations discipline of learning. In particular, we welcome volunteers to speak as guests at University events. If you would like to get involved, contact us using the details below.

Centre for Muslim States and Societies

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies conducts research to provide a better understanding of the beliefs and practices of Muslim states and communities in the Indian Ocean region.


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