Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations - Politics and International Relations

Welcome to Politics and International Relations

The study of politics is concerned with the nature of power and related issues of justice and injustice. The discipline has conventionally been divided into the study of politics within states (often referred to as political science), and the study of politics in the international sphere (conventionally referred to as International Relations or IR). This distinction, however, is a fairly artificial one and tends to mask the very complex pattern of interactions between the two spheres. 

The units offered in Politics and International Relations generally take account of such complexities while providing focused units on a range of topics and issues in both branches of the discipline. Politics and International Relations combines well with broader humanities and social science programs such as history, philosophy, sociology, communications, economics and law and is a useful addition to a business studies program.

Our Courses

Undergarduate Programs Parliament House, Canberra UN Security Council Macquarie University Library
Undergraduate Programs Master of Politics and Public Policy Master of International Relations

Postgraduate Research Degrees





News and Events

Distinguished Professor 
Murray Goot Festschrift

Date: December 1 and 2, 2014
Location: Macquarie University
Campus Hub, C10A - Level 3
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Workshop: Conservative Religion and Neoliberalism
Date: February 27-28, 2015
Location: Macquarie University, 
North Ryde, Australia.
Workshop Convenors: 
Dr Noah Bassil & Prof. Marion Maddox
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We are introducing 2 new majors for 2015.

New Major in International Relations
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New Major in Politics
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Our units are also offered in 3 other majors within the Faculty of Arts.

Major in Public Policy, Law and Governance  

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Major in Political Economy and Social Policy
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Major in International Law and Global Governance
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Recently published books..

Dr Ashley Lavelle
The Politics of Betrayal

Our Commitment to Sustainability:
TapIt Campaign: The Department of MHPIR endorses the Tap It Campaign to go disposable plastic bottled water free and pledges to provide tap water for consumption at all meetings and events.

We encourage all students and friends of the Department to join this or any other sustainability campaign and contribute towards a more sustainable planet.