Explore power, policy and government in the digital age.
International Relations will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and drive political, social and economic change. You'll learn how policies are developed and implemented, preparing you for careers in government, non-government and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and abroad.
Combine your International Relations degree with Law, Business, Arts, Languages and more.
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No. 1 SA university
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No. 1 SA university
for overall educational experience and full-time employment.
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A focus on the future.
In a rapidly-changing world, those who want to shape government policy will need a strong understanding of the digital transformation of government, business and society.
You will gain the skills and knowledge employers are looking for - including policy writing, strategic analysis, information management and reporting, professional teamwork and more.
Flinders has links with world-class universities and organisations for exchange programs or internships, and a highly unique Washington Internship Program.
Our teaching team produces curriculum material that has been adopted around the country. They also have extensive experience advising governments, in the professional development of public-sector offices, in working with communities, and in media commentary.
Dr Jessica Genauer
Jessica is a lecturer in International Relations at the College of Business, Government and Law. Jessica's research interests include conflict resolution, threat perceptions, and post-conflict institution-building. Jessica also focuses on innovative educational methods at the tertiary level. Jessica is particularly interested in participatory educational methods to develop interpersonal competencies such as leadership, cultural awareness, communication, negotiations and decision-making.
Jessica hosts a podcast "War in Ukraine: Update from Kyiv" with updates and analysis of the Ukraine conflict, as well as deep dives into issues of warfighting, strategy, negotiations and leadership.
Interested in the Russia-Ukraine war? Listen to Jessica's podcast, War in Ukraine: Update from Kyiv to explore the topic.
Luis da Vinha is a Lecturer in International Relations and is the coordinator of the Master of International Relations. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Coimbra (Portugal).
Luis is also a member of the Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security & Governance and a research affiliate of the Space Power and Policy Applied Research Consortium (SPPARC). Prior to joining Flinders University, he lived in the US and Europe where he taught at Valley City State University (USA), the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and the Higher Institute of Educational Sciences (Portugal) and worked in the field of planning and development. Luis was also active in politics, namely as a party and publicly-elected official.
His teaching and research interests are in International Relations, International Security, US Foreign Policy, American Government and Politics, and Political Geography. His research has been published with Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Comparative Strategy, Journal of Policy History, European Journal of Geography, Portuguese Journal of Political Science, and the Brown Journal of World Affairs, among others. Luis is also the author of Geographic Mental Maps and Foreign Policy Change. Re-Mapping the Carter Doctrine and Three Approaches to Presidential Foreign Policy-Making in the Twenty-First Century (co-authored with Anthony Dutton).
Luis was the recipient of the 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Innovation in Teaching Award (Flinders University), the 2021 CBGL Vice-President and Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Flinders University), and the 2016 VCSU Teacher of the Year Award (USA)
Rob believes political science research tells us how politics is changing and when citizens might want a new kind of politics.
“There’s so much we don’t yet know about political science,” he says. “Democracy is changing with the upsurge of populism, the decline in trust and the rise of China. Centre-left political parties are experiencing a period of retreat and decline. The modern party system in many countries is changing beyond recognition.”
“There are political problems we’re not even close to fully understanding or solving yet," Rob adds. “Our whole society depends on future knowledge and scholarship to help us better understand political change, especially in the face of the mounting climate emergency.”
Rob's current primary research, therefore, looks at the crisis of social democracy, trying to draw lessons and understanding about the decline of the family of centre-left parties. He co-wrote a collection – ‘Why the Left Loses’ CNN used for a special edition program.
He employs humour as a learning tool in class to make students think differently about political science, earning him a 2014 faculty citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. The interplay between Batman and the Joker helps teach the concept of ‘governance’ and each year he crowns a student monarch of the class to help discuss the sources of political legitimacy.
Rob’s inspired by the quiet fortitude of many MPs, citizen activists, human rights defenders and advocates, his students and Chelsea Football Club, decent coffee, his family, and their ridiculous dog, Mr Brown.
At age 7, Rodrigo's family suspected he'd have a career in research. During a trip to Venice, his father videoed him asking endless questions about what made Venice a Republic and how exactly its political system worked.
It's this natural curiosity for politics and discovering things nobody else knows that has resulted in Rodrigo's award-winning career. In 2018, he was the first Australian political scientist to win the prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Award. In the same year, he also won the Vice-Chancellor's Innovation in Teaching Award and the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers.
Rodrigo is currently researching how voters choose leaders in advanced democracies. He has found that a candidate's looks or involvement in scandal can play an important role in the decision-making process, particularly if voters have little information about politics, candidates and elections. His research has a compelling role to play in helping people understand the consequences of their choices and therefore make better decisions.
An inspiring, supportive and innovative lecturer, Rodrigo has been invited to present his work in all corners of the globe. His research is often used by mainstream media in Australia and overseas to explain current events, allowing him to reach a wider audience beyond academe. His best advice to future researchers and students is: “Choose your path carefully. The only way to succeed is to do something you really love and that excites you!”
My lecturers and professors have all shown their immense knowledge in their field, and have the real-world professional experience to back this up. They are also passionate about helping their students to pursue their goals and reach their potential.
Our students have access to incredible opportunities that will show them how politics works - from the inside.
Washington Internship Program
Since 2000, Flinders has sent over 127 students on two programs which provide a 8-week and 17-week placements in the US Congress. Students work full-time in the office of a member of the United States Senate or the US House of Representatives.
South Australian Parliamentary Internship Program
This degree and career enhancing program gives students the opportunity to experience how Parliament operates from the inside, by working attached to the office of a Member of Parliament while completing a public policy research project.
The range of global exchange programs are unparalleled. The Washington Internship Program was literally a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only explore and develop my passion of US Politics, but to professionally develop myself in policy and research.
Flinders has a number of combined degree programs that allow students to combine in-depth study in exciting combinations that are not usually available in single degrees. These give graduates an advantage for employment in a competitive and rapidly changing workplace, both in Australia and overseas.
SATAC code: 244111
By combining studies in Laws and Legal Practice with International Relations, you will develop the professional legal skills to prepare you for a job in the legal profession and gain an understanding of how justice and society influence each other.
The combination prepares you for a broad range of careers in law but also government, leadership and educational settings.
SATAC code: 214761
By combining studies in Business with International Relations, you will combine practical learning based on solving real-world business problems with the skills to analyse and understand key issues that businesses deal with every day.
This combined degree provides you with the fundamental knowledge, contemporary case studies, workplace skills development and live industry experience to pursue a global career in business.
SATAC code: 244191
By combining studies in Arts with International Relations, you will build your knowledge base in the areas you’re passionate about, develop the complex critical thinking and problem solving skills required to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, and learn transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace.
You’ll develop world-changing, future-proof skills in a world that’s changing fast. Become digitally literate, think outside the box and develop the skills to adapt and take advantage of new opportunities.
SATAC code: 214921
By combining studies in Languages with International Relations, you will truly be equipped for a global career. Develop strong language skills combined with a deep cultural understanding, and receive a solid foundation for understanding, learning and using languages.
This combined degree will bring together your language proficiency with the cross-cultural knowledge and skills that are invaluable in international workplaces. Languages at Flinders are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in French, Indonesian, Italian, Modern Greek and Spanish.
Our postgraduate degrees will give you the knowledge, policy skills and confidence to move into leadership positions.
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