University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of International Relations

Course code/s: ABIR (Melbourne)

Course Details
Location Melbourne
Course/Discipline Coordinator Jasmine-Kim Westendorf
Course Code ABIR
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 036097M
Course Duration 3 Years Full-time or Part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available  
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

Go beyond theory by identifying solutions to global challenges in this degree. The Bachelor of International Relations encourages critical thinking while  building a comprehensive understanding of the political, strategic, economic, cultural, legal and organisational dynamics that shape international affairs. The Bachelor of International Relations is taught by passionate academics with extensive experience in policy development and implementation and aims to prepare students for a career in a globalised economy. You can specialise in subjects related to a specific geographic region (e.g. Europe or Asia) or a particular field (e.g. diplomacy, environmental politics, security studies, theory, international organisation, conflict resolution or economics).

You will hone your critical analytical skills by applying them to real-world problems and current affairs. You will develop your communication and research skills and will have the option to study a language. There are also options to study at one of our numerous partner universities overseas to broaden your international experience and networks. (See the Overseas Study Opportunities link further below). The degree is also unique in so far as it includes opportunities for work placements in a wide variety of Australian government or non-government organisations. As such this course will prepare you for a career in international affairs, development,  law, politics,  policy-making and research, and will provide the additional skills necessary to excel in the international job market.

Admission requirements

Prerequisite: VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements: Guaranteed entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with ATARs of 95 or above are offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Subject bonus: A study score of 25 in Drama, any Humanities, Legal Studies, Psychology or Theatre Studies equals four aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals four aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Course requirements

Three years of full-time or part-time equivalent. 360 credit points of study.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of International Relations (ABIR) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 102 KB]

First year

Semester 1 POL1ISP OPTION OPTION OPTION
Bachelor of International Relations Induction Seminars List A Subject List A Subject University elective
Semester 2 POL1SNS OPTION OPTION OPTION
States, Security and International Relations List A Subject List A Subject University elective

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester.  The subject is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester.  The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

 

First year Discipline ELECTIVES (List A)

POL1AUP (S1)  Democracies and Dictatorships: Introduction to Politics
POL1PPE (S1) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
AST1IIC (S1) Introduction to Asia: India and China
SOC1SAC (S1) Introduction to Sociology
LST1LOJ (S1) Law, Order and Justice
AST1IJI (S2) Introduction to Asia: Japan and Indonesia
HUS1MAP (S2) Mapping the world: Visualising and Understanding Space in the Past and Present
ECO1RIG (S1 or S2) Recessions, Inflation and Economic Growth
PHI1CRT (S2) Critical Thinking (online)
DST1DEV (S2) Globalisation and Development
ANT1CAG (S1) Culture and Globalisation: Introduction to Anthropology

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.

Second year

 

Note: Second year subjects can be taken in any order prodividing students do not enrol on more than 60 credit points worth of subjects in a semester.

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Subject from List B Humanities and Social Sciences Subject Second Year University elective Second Year University elective
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Subject from List B Subject from List C Subject from List C Subject from List C

 

List B

POL2DPS (S1) Deliberation, Participation, Statecraft
POL2TWP (S1) Theories of World Politics
POL2IOL (S2) International Law and International Organisation

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.

 

List C

POL2NAS (S1) Nations and States
POL2DDA (S1) Politics of International Human Rights
PHI2MMW (S1) Making of the Modern Western World View
POL2CPA (S2) Contemporary Politics of Northeast Asia
POL2DEM (S2) Democracy in Retreat? Failed Transitions and the New Authoritarianism
AST2MMA (S2) The Making of Modern Asia
POL2PID (S2) Political Ideas and Ideologies
HIS2HTS (S2) Slavery and Human Trafficking: Forced Labour in the Making of the Modern World
ECO2MWE  Modern World Economy
HIS2NGE (S1) Nazi Germany and Europe: The Era of Hitler, Churchill and Stalin 1918-45
POL2IME War and Peace: Introduction to Conflicts and Conflict Resolution
POL2APC Australian Political Culture
POL2GEP Global Environmental Politics 
POL2CCW China in the World: A Re- Emerging Global Power
POL2RAP Democracy, Citizenship and Representation

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Week

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.

 

Third year

Note: Third year subjects can be taken in any order prodividing students do not enrol on more than 60 credit points worth of subjects in a semester.

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Third Year University Elective Subject from List D Subject from List D Subject from List D
Semester 2 POL3IPP OPTION OPTION OPTION
Issues in World Politics Third Year University Elective Subject from List D Third Year Humanities and Social Sciences Subject

 

List D

AST3CIA  (S1) Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia
POL3AAW Australian Foreign Policy
POL3IPC (S1) International Politics of Climate Change: Triumph or Tragedy (online)
POL3HON (S1) Politics in our Time
POL3CAP Politics, Power and Public Policy
POL3MSS (S1) Borders, Boats and Barricades: The Politic s of International Migration
AST3CIA (S1) Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia
ANT3CAE (S1) Culture and Environment: Anthropological Approaches to Environmental Issues
POL3PCW (S1 & S2) Professional Competence: Transition to the Workplace (30 credit points) – exclusively available to ABIR students
POL3LAC (SUM) Justice, Freedom and Difference: Issues in Contemporary Political Theory
POL3ESC (WK 26-33) Environment and Sustainability in East Asia (Study Tour)
POL3DOP (S2) Doing Politics
POL3SEA (S2) Southeast Asian Politics: Change and Conflict
HIS3AAW (S2) Australians at War in the Twentieth Century
EST3ECC (S2) Ethnic and Civil Conflict in Southern Europe and Cyprus
POL3INR (S2)  Authoritarian Empires: Russia, China and the Politics of Eurasia
POL3HMP (WIN) History of Modern Political Thought

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Week

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.

In addition to these subjects, students will be expected to participate in occasional workshops in first and second year. Students undertaking POL3PCW are required to attend a number of workshops in the semester prior to their enrolment to assist in arranging a placement.

Honours

At the completion of a Bachelor of International Relations, students can apply to undertake Honours. Entry into this fourth year is contingent on the completion of the degree with a strong 70% average.

In Honours, students complete 60 credit points of coursework subjects and a 12 000 to 15 000 word thesis (equivalent to 60 credit points) that is supervised by a member of the academic staff. Students are encouraged to discuss the Honours program with the discipline Coordinator, Jasmine-Kim Westendorf j.westendorf@latrobe.edu.au. 

Once you have received approval from the discipline coordinator you can apply by accessing http://latrobe-apply.custhelp.com/. Enrolment approval is dependent on meeting entry requirements and the availability of a suitable supervisor. Specific discipline areas (e.g. languages and archaeology) may have additional entry requirements such as language proficiency and fieldwork experience and these will be explained by the Honours coordinator.
 

International Relations Honours Coursework subjects

Students must complete the following subject and also 30 credit points of subjects  from approved elective options:

POL4PIR (S1) Political Inquiry: Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations
S1 = Semester 1

 

For further information please contact ASK La Trobe (for current student enquiries) or call 1300 135 045 (for prospective student enquiries).

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