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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. 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/

Visit the Master of International Relations page on the University of Sydney website for more details!

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