Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Academic or work experience
Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.
Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.
3 start dates per year.
This Swinburne University of Technology qualification is delivered by Swinburne Online.
As a Swinburne Online student you'll graduate with a nationally recognised Swinburne University qualification, and have the flexibility of studying online when it suits you.
Study now pay later – HECS-HELP
Year 12 graduates need:
Non-year 12 and mature age students not holding an appropriate Year 12 or equivalent qualification may be eligible if they have:
Become trained in:
This unit will introduce fundamentals of communication and learning in an online environment. Students will gain increased capability in a range of skills such as online written communication, collaboration in individual and group work, and critiquing and analysing a variety of information sources. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own understanding and experience while contributing and sharing ideas with peers.
This unit introduces students to Australia's foreign policy with a particular emphasis on developments after WWII. It examines changing power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, explores post-colonial legacies and their relationship to the Anglo-American alliance, and highlights emerging ambiguities in this alliance. In addition, the unit draws on these legacies to analyse Australian bilateral/multilateral relations in its responses to 911, the Bali bombing, and the emerging resource challenges in the region.
This unit introduces students to the United Nations and the problems associated with global governance. It enables students to apply their knowledge developed in 'Sources of Conflict and its Resolution' to understand the legal framework of the United Nations as well as its potential and limitations. Throughout the unit, students will examine the power, passions and disappointments of diplomacy in the world order.
This unit provides students with an understanding of the evolution of global politics since World War II and the background to contemporary issues in global politics. It focuses on conflict and conflict resolution during and after the Cold War, with particular attention paid to the global role of the US and terrorism. It also aims to develop student skills in library and online research, working both individually and in groups, as well as in evidencebased assessment of theories of global politics.
This unit of study aims to provide a critical and analytical introduction to the Australian political system in an international context and the challenges it faces from globalisation, oppositional social movements and growing discontent among voters.
Crisis Points: Global Challenges is the capstone unit of the International Studies major. The aims of this unit are to build on students knowledge of International Studies in the context of a directed research project.
After completing this unit of study, students will have developed an understanding of the major institutions, events and issues in international politics; how political scientists analyse and explain international politics, and the major concepts and theories used in the study of international politics.
After completing this unit of study, students will have an understanding of key concepts of Political Science, such as: democracy and authoritarianism; state institutions and processes; power and legitimacy; political participation, voting behaviour, and electoral systems; parties and interest groups; nationalism, political culture and ideology; dissent and revolution; political economy and political development.
This unit provides students with an understanding of how apparent points of conflict can be associated with underlying issues. It also explores the avenues that might be available to resolve these matters either before or after they have developed into overt conflict.
This unit provide students with an understanding of why security and intelligence systems are established, how they are organised, what they do and how their work is used and supervised. It also explores the ethical and political debates about intelligence and security systems in open, democratic communities.
This unit of study introduces students to international studies. It focuses on the events and processes that transformed international relations, on the progressive establishment of a system of formally sovereign and internationally recognised independent states, and on the main crises that affected this consolidation. Students will gain an understanding of the key historical, political, and institutional factors affecting international relations. They will also gain an understanding of the main international agencies and their operation.
The aim of this unit of study is to introduce students to the international framework for human rights in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the unit examines responses to genocide, inequality and campaigns for self-determination. Through an historical analysis of case studies the unit reflects on contemporary political limitations in human rights law and protection.
You will need to complete 12 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.
This course has a flexible design, meaning you can study anywhere at any time.
There are 3 teaching periods per year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.
There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme.
This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:
Through HECS-HELP the Australian government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan through the tax system once your earn more than the minimum threshold (which is $54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).
The total cost of this course is government-subsidised if you pay via a HECS-HELP loan.
This means the price you pay for the course is much cheaper – the Australian Government covers part of the course fee. Government-subsidised places in this course are called Commonwealth-supported places.
You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.