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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

Expand your career prospects even further combining Politics and International Studies with a second study area in the Bachelor of Arts. You can also study Global Security Threats, Politics in Asia and Social Justice in the Bachelor of Social Science.

Nigel Hutton

Bachelor of Arts graduate

Livingstone Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton says Griffith helped make his resume stand out among his peers. One of his degree highlights was spending a semester as a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics. He also interned for a member of the British parliament. ‘In a global economy, my understanding and the invaluable networks I’ve made across the world have helped my community, my work and my career.’ Nigel, who majored in politics and international relations, said being able to explore media, social work, politics, languages and international affairs within the one degree enabled him to refine his focus throughout his study.

‘The Bachelor of Arts allows you to follow your interests and explore the world; knowing that every unit, every semester is providing the foundation for variety in the workplace. It also gave me the opportunity to study under amazing experts in their chosen fields and hear from people working in the field of international diplomacy. The lecturers didn’t just talk the talk, but more importantly shared experiences working in the field and across the globe,’ he said.

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Career outcomes

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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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July

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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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