Why study Government and International Relations?You will be taught by leading national and international experts whose work informs and improves the practice of governance and public policy both nationally and globally. Griffith provides inspiring teaching and real-world learning. Our School has developed the professional skills, knowledge and capabilities of policy makers in government, international organisations and social enterprises. For three decades we have integrated world-class research and teaching into a specialist degree program that is small enough to ensure every one of our students receives the attention they deserve.
Griffith is unique in Queensland. No other university in the state covers the full range of political studies like we do. Griffith has a world-class staff of political experts in areas ranging from global security to democracy, from the key issues in Asia, Europe, the United States and Middle East to the challenges facing policy-makers in Australia and abroad.
The International Relations major helps you understand the dynamics of global politics and the turbulent world in which we live today – how it works – and in some cases, why it doesn’t. We cover issues such as terrorism, counter-terrorism and global security, human rights, aid and development, and religion and identity politics. Australia’s place in the Asia-Pacific region and in the world is a crucial theme in the major, with courses exploring the rise of China, the changing role of the United States in the world, and the Middle East after the Arab Spring revolutions.
Politics and government
Politics is a central feature in our lives, and the public policies that are made through the political process shape every aspect of how we live and how we work. In this major, you will learn about the key political, social and economic forces that shape society; how to design policies that respond effectively to these forces; and the processes, structures and ideas that underpin political decision making.
Our staff are experts in key areas of public policy with a long tradition of working collaboratively with policy-makers throughout Australia and internationally. We actively shape and influence Australia’s political landscape through participating in public debate and providing advice to decision makers. We are a founding partner of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), developing the future generation of public sector leaders, and promoting public administration as a profession.
"The job market is increasingly competitive and I strongly believe completing the Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis helped me secure my position permanently amongst a strong field due to its relevance to my role and as a public servant in a policy division".
Studying government and international relations can open doors to challenging and satisfying careers in government, non-government organisations or business.
Employers value graduates who have knowledge of the political, social and economic issues that shape our world and can think critically, analytically and practically about these issues. As a graduate with these skills you will be able to pursue work in a broad range of fields: in government, international organisations, non-government organisations, media organisations, political parties and a range of business sectors
In international relations
The International Relations major can lead to fulfilling careers both in Australia and internationally – in foreign ministries, defence departments, intelligence and aid organisations, in charities and non-government organisations; in the private sector in fields such as political risk assessment and humanitarian logistics, and in international organisations such as the UN and its agencies around the world.