Politics is offered as part of: 

Flinders also offers a Bachelor of Government and Public Management.

Why study Politics?

Most people have a general idea of what 'politics' is about: it encompasses the way in which a group of people (or a community or a country) conduct and understand their 'public life' together.

The study of politics at university level - sometimes referred to as 'political science' or 'political studies' - engages with the 'public life' of Australia and the world, including the institutions, constitutions, philosophies, ideas, debates, conflicts, allegiances, policies, movements, leaders and events which constitute 'politics' in this broad sense.

The Flinders approach to studying politics covers a number of interrelated themes:

  • Australian government and politics
  • the government and politics of other countries, from the richer and more powerful (in North America and Western Europe) to emerging global powers (like China) to the poorer and less powerful (in many developing countries)
  • international relations (also offered as a separate major sequence)
  • political philosophy
  • political sociology and political economy
  • public policy (also offered as a separate major sequence).

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule.

Career opportunities

The study of politics develops specific skills and knowledge which provide an advantage for a wide range of employment opportunities. It also enhances 'generalist' job-related skills (such as skills in research, information processing, analysis, evaluation, organisation, oral and written communication, and contextual knowledge of Australia and the world) which are vital and flexible assets in today's dynamic job market.

Many politics graduates enter such fields as public administration, the public service, public-sector research, policy analysis and advice, management, foreign affairs, intelligence, journalism, consulting, human services and voluntary-sector administration, project evaluation, health and welfare delivery, social and economic analysis, teaching (across a range of high school subjects in the social sciences), public relations, business and commerce.

Some are employed as politicians, as Ministerial advisers, as party officers, as Parliamentary research officers, as electoral administrative officers, as diplomats, as lobbyists, as advocates for pressure groups, and so on.

Further information

Dr Haydon Manning, Director of Studies,
Room 316, Social Sciences South. Tel: (08) 8201 2426

Online enquiries:

Tel: 1300 354 633 (local call cost)
Fax: (08) 8201 2580