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What is international relations?

International relations is the largest subfield of political science. Our program focuses on the major challenges of global politics, including war, security and development. We ask the critical questions about world politics: Who wields power? How does power generate both security and conflict?

Why choose international relations?

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the key global debates, international conflicts and global institutions. Governance, poverty and human rights are central issues alongside policy implementation within the fields of security studies, international political economy, foreign affairs and global governance. You’ll apply your critical thinking skills to analyse innovative, problem-solving solutions to major global challenges.

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Focus Locations
Major Note Caulfield, Clayton
Minor Note Caulfield, Clayton

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

What a week: International Relations

In our Monash Arts 'What a Week' series, two year 12 students discover where an International Relations major can take them from our Arts academics.

International Relations

International relations helps us understand world politics from perspectives that address global problems and challenges.

Career options

  • National and international diplomacy
  • Humanitarian agencies
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Global media and journalism
  • Defence and intelligence
  • Foreign affairs and trade

Studying politics and international relations at Monash

How do politics and international relations work together and how do they affect our lives? Senior Lecturer Dr Ben Wellings explains how this knowledge can help future employment.

Overseas opportunities

You have the option to undertake elective units and cultural experiences in Prato (Italy), Gallipoli (Turkey) and East Asia, or you could apply for the exciting opportunities to work in an embassy or EU political institution, as part of internship.