Political and International Studies
Do you want to learn about Australia's place within the international environment? In Political and International Studies (PAIS) we explore issues of international significance such as global warming and terrorism. We also consider national concerns and local interests.
You will find study in PAIS diverse, exciting and rewarding. You will acquire a broader and deeper understanding of the world in which we live. You will also develop skills that are important to employers - creativity, clear thinking and effective communication.
Our students work closely with PAIS academics in ways now rare in other Australian universities. Our staff have 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.
Even if you don't plan to major in PAIS, you may still be able to fit some PAIS units into your degree.
If you wish to extend your undergraduate degree in PAIS, or to undertake postgraduate research in PAIS, you will normally complete an Honours program. You may undertake advanced research in Political and International Studies in postgraduate research 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 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.
As indicated above, PAIS units are available at undergraduate, Honours, and postgraduate coursework levels.
At undergraduate level, students may complete a major in Political Studies or International Studies. Undergraduate units available in the PAIS majors are:
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
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 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
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|
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.
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.
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.
aid administration; development assistance; international charities; international organisations.
Partnerships, Networks and Industry Links
Professional Bodies and Research Centres
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)
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
Journals & Periodicals
American Political Science Review
Australian Journal of Political Science
International Political Science Review
Journal of Conflict Resolution
Journal of Peace Research
Journal of Politics
Political Science Quarterly
For further information about Political and International Studies (PAIS) at UNE please contact the Discipline Convenor, Dr Andrew Brown on (02) 6773-2557