Why study the Graduate Certificate in International Relations with UTS Online?
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- Professional Readiness
Employ effective strategies to navigate professional interactions across diverse cultural contexts in Australia and internationally.
- Critical and Creative Inquiry
Apply advanced understanding of international relations theories and concepts to the analysis of real-world case studies and complex global issues.
- International and Intercultural Engagement
Demonstrate proficiency in navigating intercultural dynamics in Australia and internationally.
- Indigenous Competencies
Critically reflect on ethical Indigenous research practices to work with and for Indigenous peoples across international relations research and professions.
- Active Citizenship
Demonstrate a critical perspective on current sustainability practices and act in socially responsible ways in both Australian and international settings.
- Effective Communication
Effectively communicate complex concepts and arguments in relation to international relations to diverse audiences in a variety of global contexts.
What you will study
The Graduate Certificate in International Relations comprises 4 core subjects (24 credit points [CP] in total).
Note: Most subjects at UTS are worth 6 CP (credit points) but this can vary across courses
Complete the following subjects (24 CP):
This subject is designed to provide essential intercultural skills crucial for success in today's interconnected professional realm. Delve into both theoretical and practical dimensions of intercultural communication, facilitating effective engagement across diverse organisational and governmental contexts. Explore key debates in intercultural theory, analyse real-world scenarios, and develop strategies to navigate cross-cultural situations. Mastering this subject empowers you to excel in a global work environment, creating a significant influence.
This subject delves into comprehending the intricacies of the international order, exploring its foundational theories, influential players, pivotal institutions, and potential trajectories. Students analyse prevalent theories like Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism, dissecting diverse entities and establishments shaping the global system. Historical insights uncover its evolution, from transformative events to the role of ideology, power, and norms. By examining contemporary challenges and potential directions, students refine their expertise in international relations.
In this subject, explore global environmental challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. Acquire essential skills for sustainable development, understanding multi-scalar environmental policies and international law. Analyse the roles of states, international bodies, civil society, and the private sector in advancing sustainability. Assess the efficacy of diverse collaboration methods in addressing specific environmental concerns. Engage in theoretical study and case analysis to comprehend international environmental governance and sustainable development strategies.
This subject equips you to unravel the complexities of the international political economy, a vital skill in today's global landscape. Explore the intricate interactions between global dynamics and local governance, dissecting economic, political, and social forces' interplay. Gain a comprehensive grasp of key economic concepts and theories, assessing their relevance on a global scale. Investigate how international organisations, multinational corporations, sovereign states, and NGOs shape global economic policies and influence local communities. Address critical issues like trade liberalisation, economic inequality, sustainable growth, and international development through critical analysis and contemporary governance frameworks. Through diverse perspectives, empirical data, and real-world case studies, this subject provides a holistic view of the global economy and governance's pivotal role in shaping its future.
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in International Relations, students will have the opportunity to progress to the Master of International Relations and complete the remaining 8 subjects.Note: Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for the Master of International Relations may use the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in International Relations as a pathway, provided they meet the specific entry requirements.
Upcoming study periods
UTS Online courses have six intakes per year. The diagram below shows all upcoming
intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.