Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

With distinct streams available in modern history and politics, and international relations, students can tie historical moments to both the present and the future.

The Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations is a research-focused department with a reputation for teaching excellence. Scholars in our department work to explain urgent issues of our time. We do this by exploring the pasts that lead to the present, as well as by analysing the operations of power today. 

In Modern History, our staff specialise particularly in the histories of gender, the family, sexuality, sport and leisure, ideas, and, war and peace. Our geographical range covers Australasia, the Pacific world, Europe, and, North America. We are proud of our commitment to making histories public, aiming to share our research with the wider world.

In Politics and International Relations we specialise in Australian, US, African and Middle Eastern Politics. We encourage our students to think about politics in diverse ways, an approach that combines insights from history, sociology, law, anthropology, and, economics.

In Politics and International Relations, we offer students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-life and real-time problems. We offer a number of research pathways for upper-level students to do in-depth and industry-focused research.

Macquarie University is home to the Big History Institute, which was the brainchild of MQ historian David Christian. Big History tells the story of our universe, from the Big Bang to today’s complex human societies.

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