Politics - XM0032


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Learn about politics

Politics is the study of power relations in society. It helps you understand essential issues about how societies are organised and their key institutions, including government, parliament and political parties.

Why study politics?

Politics offers you a way of engaging in vital questions about power and authority, how people govern communities and the relationship between ideas and practice. You’ll learn how contemporary political systems emerged and the fundamental ideas that propelled their development. You’ll learn to evaluate and compare different political systems and their key institutions.

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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.

Study Politics at Monash

Politics is the study of power. By studying politics you’ll explore how communities govern themselves and the ideas and ideologies that underpin society.

Parliamentary internship

Monash University's Politics and International Relations Program offers students the opportunity to undertake a parliamentary internship with academic credit towards their degree.

Career options

  • Politics
  • Government administration
  • Journalism
  • Industrial relations
  • Lobbying and advocacy
  • Business
  • Finance

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

As a Monash student you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is studying at a Monash campus abroad, and you'll have Malaysia, India, China or Prato (Italy) to choose from.