International Relations

International Relations is about how countries interact with each other – diplomatically, militarily, culturally, economically.

This involves learning about how countries formulate and implement their foreign policies.

This includes the 'art and science' of diplomacy.

This area is also about how countries respond to global issues individually and collectively – such as global warming, trade liberalisation, terrorism, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs analyst
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Trade advisor
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Politician
  • Teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

147% of national
median earnings


Employment

62%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
26%
Further study
10%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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