Politics is the study of the art of government and the distribution of power. Politics articulates the different ideas and values that allow us to justify power and to criticize those who wield power over others. Politics examines the kinds of actors, institutions and processes through which laws and policies are made and contested. At UNSW the study of Politics is undertaken at both the global and national level, offering historical, comparative and theoretical perspectives through which to understand and analyze what happens in the world.

Challenges such as the global economic crisis, climate change, human rights violations and authoritarianism, and conflict and international migration, increasingly question the capacity of political actors and institutions to deal with complex problems. Moreover, processes such as globalization, the changing role and nature of the media, and the changing nature of political parties and citizen mobilization are fundamentally changing the way governments and citizens interact.

The study of Politics enables understanding of the causes and consequences of these changes, as well as how to improve government.

In Politics at UNSW you will learn about political concepts and ideas such as power, legitimacy, representation and accountability. You will also learn to apply those ideas to political reality, studying political actors, institutions and processes in Australia and the rest of the world.

At an advanced level, you will learn about human rights and global justice, democratic theory and practice, liberalism and its critics, political actors and social movements, multiculturalism, gender, and political parties and elections. A full overview of courses can be found here.