Political and International Studies

In Political and International Studies (PAIS) we explore issues of international significance such as global warming and terrorism.  We consider national concerns, local interests and Australia's place within the international environment.

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.

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. 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.

Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy

Units

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
PAIS302 Political Ideologies
PAIS306 Avoid Economic Deception: Study Political Economy
PAIS308 Modern Political Thinkers
PAIS320 Classical Political Thinkers
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
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.

PAIS502 Political Ideologies
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 Paul Healy Room 168
Dr Tony Lynch Room 126
Dr Karin von Strokirch Room 166

Careers

PAIS equips students with the skills to locate and use information, to critically analyse data, to express their ideas and opinions in a logical and persuasive manner.

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.

Contacts

For further information about Political and International Studies (PAIS) at UNE please contact the Discipline Convenor, Dr Tim Battin on (02) 6773-3155