Political and International Studies

Introduction

On this web page you will find information about studying Political and International Studies (PAIS) at UNE, the units we teach, the undergraduate and postgraduate courses which include Political and International Studies, our staff and research interests, and the career opportunities PAIS provides. Use the links on the right 'contents' to navigate your way through our web pages.

Global, National and Regional Perspectives

Political and International Studies is a vibrant area of teaching and research at UNE. Our aim is to ensure that students are introduced to knowledge at the cutting edge of a rapidly changing world. As international trends and developments are impacting on Australia it is becoming more important to develop a sound understanding of how political, economic, and social processes interconnect at local, regional and global levels. Through an interesting and topical spread of units, PAIS will assist students to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge that will enable them to critically analyse and make sense of Australia's changing place within a turbulent international environment.

The major focus of Political and International Studies is power and people. It doesn't matter whether we are thinking about debates of international significance (global warming or terrorism), about matters of national concern (the provision of education or health care, or the kind of industrial relations system we should have), or local interests (building a pulp paper mill next door, responding to crime in the neighbourhood), studying PAIS can help you explore all these issues. All of them can be thought about in terms of who gets what, why they get it, and how they get it. We are interested in finding out how things work, why they work that way, and who wins and loses as a result. This is always interesting, sometimes controversial, often dramatic, and inevitably has significant consequences, direct or indirect, for each and every one of us.

PAIS students are taught by staff who possess strong and diverse teaching and research backgrounds in the areas of International Relations, Global Political Economy, Political Theory, the Comparative Politics and Societies of East and Southeast Asia, Pacific Politics, Australian Politics and Globalisation.

Why Study Politics and International Studies at UNE?

Studying PAIS ensures a good education that will enrich you individually and enhance your capacity to make important contributions to Australia and the world. Students find study in PAIS diverse, exciting and rewarding. We provide students with the opportunity to acquire a broader and deeper understanding of the world in which we live at local, national, regional and global levels. Our committed and expert academic staff employ innovative and student-centred learning approaches, whether on-campus, by distance education or online.

Students get to know and work closely with PAIS academics in ways now rare in other Australian universities. Our students are not part of an anonymous mass, but individuals whose education is our primary concern. Our outstanding results in the annual national survey of university graduates over many years show how much our students have appreciated studying with us.

Political and International Studies contributes to students' future lives by developing general skills and abilities in its areas of study. We provide students with:

  • research skills: learn how to discover, explore and verify relevant data.
  • analytical skills: how to understand and assess information and formulate interpretations.
  • exposition skills: how to present your ideas and your findings verbally and in writing.

These are skills necessary for higher-level careers requiring creativity, clear thinking and effective communication. It is easy to see why our graduates are valued by a wide range of employers.

Courses

PAIS units are available in a wide variety of undergraduate degrees at UNE in Arts, International Studies, Commerce, Economics, Criminology, Urban and Regional Planning, Languages and so on. Most undergraduate students taking PAIS do so in the Bachelor of Arts, combined Bachelor of Arts degrees, and the Bachelor of International Studies. PAIS units may be included in a number of postgraduate coursework awards in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students wishing to extend their undergraduate degree in PAIS, or wishing to undertake postgraduate research in PAIS in the future, would normally complete an Honours program. Students wishing to undertake advanced research in Political and International Studies may do so in postgraduate research degrees.

Undergraduate Degrees

PAIS units may be included in the following undergraduate degrees:

Advanced Diploma in Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Criminology
Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of International Studies
Bachelor of International and Language Studies
Bachelor of Languages
Bachelor of Languages and International Business
Bachelor of Social Science
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Bachelor of Arts with Honours
Ba chelor of International Studies with Honours

Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Certificate in Arts
Master of Arts
Master of Environmental Advocacy

 Postgraduate Research Degrees

The Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy are postgraduate research degrees in which students work under the supervision of one or more academic staff on a specific research topic. The academics chosen as supervisors will be members of PAIS staff with the highest levels of competence and expertise in the field in which you intend to undertake research. Postgraduate research is stimulating, but challenging. PAIS staff aim is to make progress through these degrees as rewarding and successful as possible.

Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy

Units

As indicated above, PAIS units are available at undergraduate, Honours, and postgraduate coursework levels.

Undergraduate Units

At undergraduate level, students may complete a major in Political Studies or International Studies. Undergraduate units available in the PAIS majors are:

Political Studies

PAIS101 Beyond Lies and Spin: Why Politics Matters
PAIS102 Political Ideologies
PAIS306 Avoid Economic Deception: Study Political Economy
PAIS308 Modern Political Thinkers
PAIS320 Classical Political Thinkers
PAIS351 Federations: challenges, Debates and Trends
PAIS352 International Human Rights
PAIS361 Sex, Crime and Corruption in Asia
PAIS365 Politics and the Environment: Intersecting Crises
PAIS370 Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics
PAIS375 Mass Media and Politics
PAIS380 Dragon in Chains? Contemporary Chinese Politics
PAIS381 Australian Civics and Democracy
PAIS390 Politics in the Developing world

International Studies

PAIS103 International Relations: An Australian Perspective
PAIS113 Power, Conflict, and the Making of Modern Asia
HIST329 Australia and the World: An International History
ISLM344 Islam and the West: the Clash of Civilisations?
PAIS314 21st Century International Relations
PAIS315 Contemporary Challenges to Global Security
PAIS316 Paradise Lost? Governance in the Pacific
PAIS318 Australia's Relations with Asia
PAIS352 International Human Rights
PAIS361 Sex, Crime, and Corruption in Asia
PAIS363 Family, Women and the State in Asia
PAIS380 Dragon in Chains? Contemporary Chinese Politics
PAIS390 Politics in the Developing World

Honours Units

Honours in Political and International Studies consists of 50 per cent course work and 50 per cent thesis.

PAIS401H Political & International Studies Hons Coursework
The coursework component, PAIS 401H, is based on a series of essays. These enable the student to explore and master key theoretical perspectives, employ specific concepts and develop an understanding of important empirical trends pertaining to political and international studies.

PAIS402H Political & International Studies Hons Dissertation
This unit is based on a dissertation. Students research and write a thesis on a political and international studies topic relating to their own interests. The topic is developed in consultation with their supervisor. A wide choice of thesis topics is available across the many areas of politics and international relations.

INTS401H International Studies Hons Coursework
The coursework component, INTS401H, is based on a series of essays. These enable the student to explore and master key theoretical perspectives, employ specific concepts and develop an understanding of important empirical trends pertaining to international studies.

INTS402H International Studies Hons Dissertation 
This unit is based on a dissertation. Students research and write a thesis on an international studies topic relating to their own interests. The topic is developed in consultation with their supervisor. A wide choice of thesis topics is available across the many areas of international relations.

Postgraduate Coursework Units

The following PAIS units are available in postgraduate coursework awards.

PAIS506 Avoid Economic Deception: Study Political Economy
PAIS508 Modern Political Thinkers
PAIS514 21st Century International Relations
PAIS515 Contemporary Challenges to Global Security
PAIS516 Paradise Lost? Governance in the Pacific
PAIS518 Australia's Relations with Asia
PAIS520 Classical Political Thinkers
PAIS551 Federations: Challenges, Debates and Trends
PAIS552 International Human Rights
PAIS561 Sex, Crime, and Corruption in Asia
PAIS563 Family, Women and the State in Asia
PAIS565 Politics and the Environment: Intersecting Crises
PAIS570 Contemporary Issues in Australian Society
PAIS575 Media and Politics
PAIS580 Dragon in Chains? Contemporary Chinese Politics
PAIS590 Politics in the Developing World

Staff

PAIS has an active research culture, demonstrated in high levels of publications and success in winning competitive research grants. Members of the discipline are experienced researchers with good records of scholarly publication. Research excellence and productivity cover a wide range of areas including political theory, the contemporary Asia-Pacific, environmental politics, political economy and international relations.

Further information on the publications and research interests of individual staff is available on the staff web pages (see links below).

Staff Member Room (Bldg E11)
Dr Tim Battin Room 165
Dr Andrew Brown Room 166
Dr Paul Healy Room 168
Dr Tony Lynch Room 126
Dr Karin von Strokirch Room 174

Careers

In an increasingly competitive global employment market PAIS equips students with the skills to locate and use information, to critically analyse data, to develop cogent arguments and to express their ideas and opinions in a logical and persuasive manner. Acquiring these skills provides PAIS students with an enhanced capacity to successfully launch or further their chosen career paths. Recent PAIS graduates are currently employed in a diverse range of occupations across private, public and government sectors.

Political and International Studies career opportunities include:

Government and Public Affairs
ministerial support; legislative analysis; campaign and lobbying; policy development.

Administration
public service, including foreign affairs, overseas aid, defence, multicultural affairs, indigenous affairs and customs; local government and community development; security and defence management; public enterprise.

Research and Developmen
policy and management analysis; policy research; consultancy; training and development systems; project management; archives and records management.

Media and Communications
media research; print and electronic reporting; investigative journalism; information processing and management.

Education
teaching and research; educational administration; extension and training; civic education.

Law and Justice
constitutional, criminal and civil law; court management; public integrity system; legal analysis.

Business and Industry
executive leadership; people management; public relations; trade; business information systems; international business; marketing.

International Development
aid administration; development assistance; international charities; international organisations.

Partnerships, Networks and Industry Links

Resources

Earlham Libraries International Studies Resources
Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources
University of Michigan Document Center
WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources

Professional Bodies and Research Centres

Aidwatch
Australasian Political Science Association (APSA)
Australian Council for International Development
Australian Institute of International Affairs
Australian Policy Online
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
American Political Science Association
American Society for Public Administration
Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
Freedom House
International Development Research Centre
International Studies Association
Lowy Institute for International Policy (papers & speeches)
Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
The Foreign Policy Centre
US Institute of Peace

Government Websites

AusAID (Australian government aid agency)
Australia
Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)
Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

International Organisations

Amnesty International
Asian Development Bank
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Development Leadership Program
The World Bank
Transparency International
United Nations
World Economic Forum

Journals & Periodicals

American Political Science Review
Australian Journal of Political Science
Comparative Politics
International Affairs
International Political Science Review
International Organization
International Security
Journal of Conflict Resolution
Journal of Peace Research
Journal of Politics
Political Science Quarterly
Political Theory
The Diplomat

 Contacts

For further information about Political and International Studies (PAIS) at UNE please contact the Discipline Convenor, Dr Andrew Brown on (02) 6773-2557