Bachelor of International Relations
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Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.
Go beyond theory by identifying solutions to global challenges in this degree. A La Trobe Bachelor of International Relations encourages critical thinking while building your knowledge of law, politics and social science.
You'll develop an understanding of global issues, get skills and experience through overseas exchange, language studies and internships.
This degree explores power in political, social and cultural contexts. By analysing multinational corporations, non-government and government organisations, you'll build an understanding of international affairs. Your subjects will cover areas like culture and globalisation, democracies and dictatorships, and Australia as a global nation.
By examining power, sovereignty, security and political science through real-world examples, you'll gain knowledge of international trade, foreign affairs, diplomacy and conflict. You'll also study the historical contexts and social theories behind these areas, with an emphasis on 21st century law, economics and the state.
Along with developing your critical thinking, research and communication skills, you'll also have the chance to put these skills into practice. You'll be encouraged to study overseas at one of our overseas partner universities, which can help you decide on your major area of study and build your career network. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake an internship in Australia or overseas that's tailored to your career aspirations.
We encourage language studies and work placements throughout your degree. These can also contribute to your major and give you a deeper understanding of a geographical region or topic area.
You can apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.
Meet our staff
Senior Lecturer and Director Jasmine-Kim Westendorf on what sets our Bachelor of International Relations apart from other international relations degrees.
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
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.
A study score of 25 in Drama, any Humanities, Legal Studies, Psychology or Theatre Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.
Graduates are ready to take on roles in areas like policy development, defence, economics and communications.
Fees and costs
Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.
Find out more about undergraduate course fees.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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