International Relations and Asian Studies, Major (0019)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0019

Previous Code: M1055.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

This major has been designed to meet the needs of Australian government, business and society to engage the states and peoples of Asia at all levels in pursuit of national interests and as part of the globalisation process. It provides students with the opportunity to study contemporary Asia, as well as the rich and diverse histories, politics, cultures and languages of Asian countries and the international issues affecting Australia’s interests and role in the region and in the world at large. The major area also includes a range of subjects concerned with the United States and Europe as well as with Asia itself, and subjects in international relations covering other parts of the world. It seeks to produce graduates with a broad, liberal education with the skills to mediate between Australia and the world in general and Asia in particular through political, economic, commercial, cultural, diplomatic and strategic links. Students are encouraged to undertake a minor in an Asian language in conjunction with the major. Employment opportunities may be found in the State and Commonwealth public service, overseas organisations, the media, business and industry, education and research.


Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Internal
Bankstown City Campus (from 2023) Internal
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal

Major Structure

This major may be able to be studied entirely online, depending on student subject selection.

Students must complete the following compulsory subjects.

Subject Title Credit Points
CULT 1001Asia in the World10
POLI 1007World Politics and International Relations10
POLI 2006Politics of Australia and Asia Relations10
HUMN 3079The Asian Century10
Total Credit Points40

Students must also complete four subjects from the following pools with a minimum of two subjects at Level 3.

Note:  not all subjects will be offered each year.  Subjects will be offered on a rotational basis.

Subject Title Credit Points
Level 2 Subject Pool
HUMN 2001A History of Modern Global Buddhism10
HUMN 2014Civil Society in Contemporary China10
HUMN 2023Empire: European Colonial Rule and its Subjects, 1750-192010
HUMN 2039Political Terror10
Level 3 Subject Pool
POLI 3004American Foreign Policy Since 194510
POLI 3005Democracy in Asia10
HUMN 3032Dictators, Democrats and Dreamers: Indonesia 1942 to now10
HUMN 3042Global Politics10
HUMN 3046History of Modern China to 194910
POLI 3006International Organisations and Global Governance10
POLI 3007International Relations of Southeast Asia10
POLI 3008International Special Study10
HUMN 3054Islam in Southeast Asia10
POLI 3009Looking at Global Politics Through Film10
HUMN 3060Modern Japanese History10
POLI 3010Politics of Post-War Japan10
HUMN 3111History of the People's Republic of China10
HUMN 3076Sultans, Colonists and Nationalists: Indonesia C1200-194210
HUMN 3080The History of Southeast Asia10
HUMN 3081The International Relations of the Middle East Since 194510
POLI 3012The Politics of Civilisation10
HUMN 3093War10
HUMN 3092WWII in Asia and the Pacific10

Equivalent Subjects

The subject listed below count towards completion of the major for students who may have passed this subject in 2022 or earlier.

POLI 1002 Introduction to International Relations replaced by POLI 1007 World Politics and International Relations

The subjects listed below count towards completion of the major for students who may have passed subjects in the list in 2019 or earlier.

LANG 3008 - Applied Critical Methods, no longer offered.
HUMN 2013 - Buddhism in the Contemporary World, replaced by HUMN 2001 A History of Modern Global Buddhism
HUMN 2021 Doing Business in China, no longer offered as part of this major.
BEHV 3013 Humanities Internship, no longer offered as part of this major.
CULT 2007 International Politics of North Asia , no longer offered as part of this major.
HUMN 3053 - International Study Tours, no longer offered as part of this major.
POLI 3011- The External Relations of the European Union, no longer offered.
HUMN 2054 - The History of Modern Indonesia, no longer offered.
HUMN 3089 - Understanding Global Insecurity, no longer offered.
POLI 3013 - United States Government and Politics, no longer offered.
HUMN 2059 - War, replaced by HUMN 3093 War
POLI 3014 War and Peace, no longer offered as part of this major.
HUMN 3095 - Warlords, Artists and Emperors: Power and Authority in Japanese History, no longer offered.
POLI 1006 - World Politics: An Introduction, no longer offered.