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Lead with a difference

With a specialisation in politics and international studies, you'll develop the essential skills required to become a leader of the future.

Explore world issues from human rights to economic development, war, security threats, peace and the wider challenges and opportunities that globalisation brings.

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Politics and International Studies at Griffith

Build practical skills

You’ll learn and understand the complex nature of politics, including the need to balance social needs with economic development and international relations, giving you the tools to become successful in advocating for positive change – no matter the field you choose to specialise in.

If you want to drive positive change (or even run for Prime Minister), you’ll develop essential skills in critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, negotiation, cross-cultural understanding and international relations to tackle future global challenges.

Topics covered as part of your Politics and International Studies include:

  • Globalisation, the Asia-Pacific and Australia
  • International Relations
  • Islam, Media and Conflict
  • Politics of International Law and Organisations
  • Islam – West Relations
  • Australia’s Foreign Relations
  • Dilemmas in International Relations

Learn from frontline professionals

Griffith's political science lecturers are well connected and regularly work in government so they understand the inner workings of power and will teach you everything you need to know to build a successful career.

Choose your career path

Combine your Politics and International Studies with a second study area from any of the 14 areas in the Bachelor of Arts and expand your career prospects even further. You can also select to study Politics or International Relations as specialisations in the Bachelor of Journalism or as minors in the Bachelor of Public Relations and Communication.

5-Star Rated

Humanities and Social Sciences is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Daniel Lyons

Griffith Bachelor of Arts graduate

Bachelor of Arts student Daniel Lyons secured an enviable job with the Royal Australian Air Force before he graduated. As a Communications and Information Systems Controller, Daniel manages, monitors and maintains Local Area Networks, as well as operate communication facilities and safe keep classified data. 'The critical thinking skills I developed throughout my Bachelor of Arts degree have definitely given me the edge in getting this role,' he says.

Daniel Lyons

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Be part of a high demand industry

People with skills in international relations are in high demand. There is a growing need for international studies experts for key liaison roles between countries, international businesses, government and non-government organisations.

You'll be equipped to work in a variety of different roles such as an analyst, consultant, policy maker or in diplomacy or research.

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