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Learn how to solve complex economic problems and find yourself in demand by employers in public and private sectors. International Political Economy is the specialist area of Economics that harnesses the fundamental links between economics and politics. Read more
Learn how to solve complex economic problems and find yourself in demand by employers in public and private sectors.
International Political Economy is the specialist area of Economics that harnesses the fundamental links between economics and politics.
This major prepares students for a career in the international relations arena, studying global governance structures and democratization processes on the back of a strong economics fundament.

Comprehensive learning

As well as International Political Economy, this program provides training in the key areas of economics. The skills acquired will help you to manage problems associated with:
*The labour market
*human resource management
*exchange rates
*profitability
*politics
*social welfare
*financial fragility
*the environment.

These acquired skills will help you to secure jobs in the government sector, the financial sector and in large private firms.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those who:
*Hold jobs that require a solid understanding of economics
*aspire to be promoted to a job whole a solid understanding of economics is expected
*and/or are considering moving into sectors in which economics expertise is vital.

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Master of Economics, JCU graduates will be able to:
*Critically analyse economic theory from both historical and recent perspectives
*Evaluate contexts within which different economic methodologies should be applied
*Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from different perspectives within a discipline and between disciplines
*Critically analyse contemporary economic policy issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on an intra- and interdisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence
*Apply creative thinking effectively to economic analysis and model building
*Present complex economic analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using effective oral presentation skills
*Present complex economic analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using clear and fluent written communication
*Work effectively towards completing an independent, substantial research-based project, demonstrating personal autonomy in conducting research
*Exercise independent ethical judgment and initiative in solving different economic policy problems
*Explain characteristics specific to the tropics which are relevant to economic decision making.

Award title

MASTER OF ECONOMICS (MEc)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University’s professional programs are internationally recognised and teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.
James Cook University provides a productive research environment with academic staff and support

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Political Economists study the economy as social scientists. The Master of Political Economy looks at economic questions in their social and political context and from different perspectives. Read more
Political Economists study the economy as social scientists. The Master of Political Economy looks at economic questions in their social and political context and from different perspectives. It develops a deeper understanding of issues of power and inequality, the forces of globalisation and their impacts on national economic policy settings, to trade-offs between the free market and broader social concerns.

Taught by the largest group of political economists at any Australian university, and as the only course of its kind nationally, the Master of Political Economy provides unparalleled knowledge of the important trends underlying the global economy and its transformation.

This unique course complements a broad range of training and experience, preparing graduates with the necessary skills for careers across the business, journalism, social, community and public sectors.

The Department of Political Economy is recognised as a leading centre for economic analysis and research, and the Master of Political Economy attracts a diverse spectrum of social scientists seeking a deeper knowledge of economic issues and perspectives. This program is also suitable for those holding existing qualifications in economics, business or finance wanting to understand the social context and alternative perspectives on economic processes.

You’ll acquire a multifaceted understanding drawn from pluralist and at times conflicting perspectives. Core units on research methods of political economy are matched with the opportunity to specialise in particular issues, including trade regulation, finance and economic change, migration, human rights and development.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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The discipline of international relations is dedicated to the study of relations among states and between states and non-state actors. Read more
The discipline of international relations is dedicated to the study of relations among states and between states and non-state actors. The field covers the history, current nature, and possible evolution of the international system. International relations applies a diverse set of theories to help understand and address the world’s most pressing challenges: war and peace; social and economic justice; poverty, development, and environmental sustainability. It brings together political, economic, social, security, and cultural dimensions in the study of international affairs.

The Master of International Relations is an intellectually rigorous master’s program that is embedded within the discipline of international relations while enabling students to select areas of specialisation based upon their interests and professional goals.

The course encourages you to relate theoretical concepts to specific, relevant world issues and challenges in international affairs today. You will graduate with specialist knowledge and an understanding of major developments and issues in specific fields in international relations, particularly in the areas of international security, international organisations, foreign policy, international economy, and globalisation. Graduates will be trained to conduct independent scholarly research in international relations through a combination of in-class study and personal research projects under the supervision of an academic staff member. The course features a strong emphasis on teaching students core concepts of international relations theory, reaching back into classical philosophy while employing cutting-edge approaches in critical theory.

You will also draw on a range of electives, including an opportunity to learn a language to enhance your cultural skills, and study areas such as Asian Studies, History, Philosophy, Law, Economics, Political Economy and Sociology.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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