Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Political and Social Inquiry


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Politics is a field of study that focuses on the way people live in association, addressing in particular the institutions, practices and cultural meanings of public and private expressions of power. It examines basic questions about the nature of politics and communities, and how they are organised. The politics discipline takes an analytical-critical rather than simply descriptive approach to the area, attempting to explain why and how things happen politically.

Politics staff are active researchers. Supervision of research candidates is available in a wide range of sub-fields, including specialisations in the nature and implications of globalisation, social and political theory, contemporary political cultures and Australian politics.


For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.