Political Science


Political science explores the main issues, ideas, institutions and actors that dominate local, national and international politics. It focuses on how people engage in politics, and how governments and other bodies that exercise power make decisions that shape peoples' lives. The topics covered include democratic theory and human rights, public policy making and administration, Indigenous and environmental politics, globalisation and international relations. The purpose is to understand how the world works, and how it can be changed. It enhances active citizenship, and provides a foundation for careers in politics, government, public service and civil activism, diplomacy and international relations. Rankings show we are among the world's best universities for Politics and International Studies, ranked 25th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.

If you're interested in politics, public policy, constitutional issues, then you would find a concentration of people here who are national and international leaders in their field. Professor Brian Galligan , Chair in Political Science

Key teaching and research areas include:

  • Political theory
  • International relations
  • Political economy
  • Australian politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Public policy, administration, and management
  • Contemporary social issues
  • Research methods

Video background image: Opening of the first parliament by Tom Roberts [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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