University Handbook 2018

Master of International Relations

Course code/s: AMIRL

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course Coordinator Dr Michael O'Keefe
Course Code AMIRL
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 079184A
Course duration Cognate Students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Non-cognate students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 240
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The Master of International Relations offers demanding postgraduate study in the important and complex field of international affairs. While drawing on theory, the primary focus is on real-world issues and seeks to provide students with academic insights to help devise concrete responses to these issues. The degree provides formal academic preparation for people who wish to work in areas that require a detailed understanding of the international political and economic context.

The degree is particularly useful for professionals who seek to enhance their career opportunities, for those who have embarked on a career but wish to change sectors and recent graduates who wish to sharpen their skills. A Master of International Relations (Research Studies) is also available and provides an opportunity to progress to a higher research degree (see http://www.latrobe.edu.au/handbook/2018/postgraduate/assc/arts/courses/amirs.htm).
 

Admission Requirements

La Trobe University offers a range of Postgraduate Pathways. The minimum entry requirement for a Masters Degree is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.

The Bachelor degree (or equivalent) must be deemed as being related (cognate) to the area of international development and with marks that are reflective of the capacity to work at the Masters level to gain entry to a 1.5 year Master degree. However, applicants with previous studies that are non-related (non-cognate) to the area of international development can be considered for the two year Master degree program. This form of the degree involves students first enrolling into a one year Graduate Diploma in International Development. Upon successful completion, this Diploma is upgraded to constitute the first twelve months of the Master of International Development.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Michael O’Keefe m.okeefe@latrobe.edu.au), to gain advice about how these admission requirements apply to their background and to assess any scope for advance standing based on previous studies or experience. For instance, congnate students are not required to undertake the research methods subjects or the List C undergraduate subjects.

Course requirements

  • The course consists of 240 credit points of fifth-year level study for students without cognate background. Students who have previous cognate studies, and or professional experience that are related (cognate) to international relations undertake a 180 credit point program. An example of cognate studies would (typically) be a degree in the social sciences. The course consists of two years full-time study (totaling 240 credit points) or part-time equivalent.
  • Students will be able to tailor their subject choices beyond disciplinary cores, and this will largely involve opening up existing subjects to cross-disciplinary enrollments (with major assessment tasks tailored to disciplines of origin) and opening up Masters to travel abroad, work integrated learning, and internships.
  • Students are required to complete the subjects as outlined in the grid below.
  • Local students may study in part-time mode and complete their course over a longer period. International students must maintain a full-time enrolment at all times. Full time enrolment is 60 points of study per semester.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr Michael O’Keefe (m.okeefe@latrobe.edu.au) to tailor electives to support their interests and career aspirations.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Master of International Relations (AMIRL) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 119 KB]

First year

Semester 1 HUS5REM POL5RIC OPTION OPTION
Research Methods (for non-cognate students) Note that cognate students gain advanced standing from this subject but can elect to do it as a List B elective subject Contemporary International Relations Disciplinary elective from List A (15 cps) Elective from List C (for non-cognate students) Note that cognate students gain advanced standing for this subject
Semester 2 HUS5ADR POL5IJC OPTION OPTION
Advanced Research Skills (for non-cognate students) Note that cognate students gain advanced standing from this subject but can elect to do it as a List B elective subject Security in the Asia Pacific Disciplinary elective from List A (15 cps) Elective from List C (for non-cognate students) Note that cognate students gain advanced standing for this subject

Second year

Semester 1 POL5GGA OPTION OPTION OPTION
Globalisation and Governance (Weeks 10 - 14) Disciplinary elective from List A (15cps) Elective from List A or B (15 cps) Elective from List A or B (15 cps)
Semester 2 POL5WPS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Security in a Borderless World Disciplinary elective from List A (15cps) Elective from List A or B (15 cps) Elective from List A or B (15 cps)

Electives

List A

The following subjects are designed to allow tailoring within the disciplinary boundaries of International Relations. There is a close connection and overlap between International Relations and International Development perspectives of international/global/local issues, problems and solutions and students are encouraged to take a ‘minor’ in International Development (e.g. POL5HSD, POL5HSM).

Disciplinary Elective
POL5CPE (S1) Political Economy (online)
POL5HSD (WK1) Human Security and Development (City Campus)
POL5ISD (WK2) Issues in International Studies and Development (City Campus)
POL5PIR (S1) Europe Divided: Integration, Democratisation and the Rise of Russian
Authoritarianism (1989-2014)
POL5QQA (S1) States in Transition: Peacebuilding After Civil War and Regime Change
POL5HSM (S2) How Social Change Happens
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK1 = Weeks 34 - 36, WK2 = Weeks 12-16

List B

The following subjects are designed to allow interdisciplinary tailoring within the boundaries of Humanities and Social Sciences and Business. Students are encouraged to follow their passions and to fill out specific knowledge and skills. Students are encouraged to take a ‘minor’ in another area such as Strategic Communication (e.g. STC5, POL5ATS, STC5CPS).

For students wishing to undertake additional specialised research there are a number of research subject options that involve one on one supervision (e.g. HUM5RE1). For students seeking to undertake internships or study abroad these activities can be credited through HUM5SIP. Please consult the Course Coordinator, Dr Michael O’Keefe (m.okeefe@latrobe.edu.au) for assistance in tailoring your study plan to suit your academic interests and career aspirations.

HuSS Shared Electives
BUS5SMM (S1, S2 or SUM 1) Sustainable Management and Marketing
BUS5IAF (S1, S2 or SUM 1) Introduction to Accounting and Finance for sustainable value creation
DST5DAC (S1) Contemporary Approaches to Development
HUM5SIP (ALL YR) Study Abroad, Internships and Placements (off-campus)
HUM5RE1 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis (15 cps)
HUM5RE2 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis (30 cps)
HUM5RE3 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis (45 cps)
HUM5RE4 (S1 or S2) Master Research Thesis (60 cps)
IBU5GW (S1 or S2) Governance in a Globalising World
IBU5IBE (S1 or S2) International Business
BUS5POE (S1 or S2) Principles of Economics
JRN5SMP (S2) Social Media Practice and Journalism
JRN5ONJ (S2) Online Journalism Production
JRN5PED (S1 or S2) Digital Editing and Publishing
MGT5MIO (S1) Managing Innovation in Organisations (City campus)
MGT5EBP (S1, S2 or WK1) Entrepreneurial Business Planning (City campus)
MGT5PMT (S1 or WK2) Project Management (City campus)
PLA4NMC (S1) Negotiation, Mediation and Community Consultation
PLA5PP (S2) Project Management andImplementation for Planning and Community Development
PLA5CD (S1) Community Development
PLA4RMP (S1) Research Methods for Planners (Bendigo)
POL5RIC (S1) Contemporary International Relations
POL5IJC (S2) International Security in the Asia-Pacific
POL5WPS (S2) Security in a Borderless World
POL5HSM (S2) How Social Change Happens
PHE5SCP (S2) Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health
SOC5QSR (S2) Quantitative Skills for Social Research
STC5ATS (S1 or S2) Strategic Communication Strategy (City campus)
STC5CPS (S1) Strategic Political Communication (City campus)
STC5COS (S2) Strategic Communication in society (City campus)
STC5IRW (S1) Strategic Communication Writing (City campus)
STC5MSI (S2) Issues Management in Strategic Communications (City campus)
SWP5IIC (S1) Inclusion in Communities
SWP5SPA (S1) Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
ARC5GIM (S2) Methods in GIS (Online)
POL5CPE (S1) Political Economy (Online)
PLA5SPI (WK3 or WK4) International Project (Bendigo)
POL5HSD (WK5) Human Security and Development (City campus)
POL5ISD (WK6) Issues in International Studies and Development (Block, City campus)
POL5QQA (S1) States in Transition: Peacebuilding after Civil War and Regime Change
JRN5NJD (S1) Digital Journalism
JRN5JWT (S1) The Working Journalist
JRN5LEJ (S2) Law and Ethics in Journalism
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, SUM 1 = Summer Semester 1, ALL YR = All Year, WK1 = Weeks 45-52, WK2 = Weeks 32-38, WK3 = Weeks 45-14, WK4= Weeks 23-31, WK5 = Weeks 34-36, WK6= Weeks 12-16 

List C

The subjects in List C are for students who are enrolled in the non-cognate version of the Master of International Relations. These students must choose two subjects from the list below. Undertaking these subjects will allow students without sufficient background in the social sciences to develop their capacities in social analysis and the methods and tools of the social sciences.

Disciplinary Undergraduate Electives for Diploma Year
POL2DPS (S1) Diplomacy, Participation, Statecraft
POL3IPP (S2) Issues in World Politics
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2
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