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Bachelor of Social ScienceWith a Major in Security and International Relations

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Course guide

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  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

If you think global, and have set your sights on a career in foreign affairs, trade or international business, then Swinburne’s degree in International Relations and Security should be your next step.

This degree will immerse you in the complex issues that surround security, international trade and global diplomacy. Topics include Australia’s foreign policy and partnerships, the role of the United Nations, and the evolution of global politics and human rights. You will hone your critical thinking skills and learn how to approach issues from a range of perspectives.

Our graduates have a thorough understanding of domestic and international political issues, and skills that they can apply in both private and government roles anywhere in the world.

What are the entry criteria?

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

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The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.

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  • Career opportunities
  • Learning outcomes
  • International Trade Affairs Officer

    Provide assistance and advice on treaties and international law matters.

  • Policy Advisor

    Advise government departments on issues relating to security and foreign affairs.

  • Risk Analyst

    Conduct specialist risk analyses of key national operations.

  • Defence Career Progression

    This degree can help people already working in Defence to advance their degree.

  • International Relations

    Explore the role of the United Nations and the problems associated with global governance.

  • International Politics

    Gain an understanding of the major institutions, events and issues in international politics.

  • History, Politics and Human Rights

    Reflect on international framework of Human Rights from an historical and political perspective.

  • Australian Foreign Policy

    Explore Australia’s foreign policy and strategic international security partnerships.

  • War and Peace

    Learn about the evolution of global politics since World War II.

Why study with Swinburne Online?

  • Internationally recognised qualification

  • Ranked among the top 3% worldwide

  • Learn from industry professionals

  • Graduate with an industry standard qualification

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