Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies and International Relations)

Program code : BA (PGIR)


The aim of the Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies and International Relations) program is to create global citizens who think creatively about the challenges facing Papua New Guinea in the 21st century. Students develop specialized knowledge in their chosen disciplines, rigorous critical thinking, clear and effective writing, the habits of life-long learning, sensitivity to ethical and aesthetic issues, and the ability to understand and interpret the cultures of PNG and the world, past and present. The graduates will be able to participate in the political, socio-cultural and economic field of developments.

Entry requirement

Applicants are required to have a minimum “B” in English and “B” grade average in final year 12 examinations.

Duration of study

Four years degree program - Full time study. Program offered at DWU Madang Campus

Credit points required

Achievement total of 320 credit points to graduate with a Bachelors Degree in PNG Studies and International Relations.

Requisites to complete the award

In the four-year program, units are offered either face-to-face or online. Each of the units carries 10 credit points, and students are required to obtain 320 credit points and to have paid all the fees to be eligible to graduate with the award.


Units Offered

Year One

Semester One

PG115 Literature and methodology

PG151 Cultural anthropology

IS117 Computing and word processing

RS234 Christian ethics

Semester Two

PG103 Ancient history of the South Pacific 

PG133 Politics, theories and concepts 

PG135 Environmental sustainability 

PG136 Gender and development studies

Year Two

Semester One

PG107 PNG Literature

PG216 Legal and constitutional studies

PG314 Gender and equity issues

IR202 Theories and concepts in international relations

Semester Two

PG220 PNG electorates and elections

PG252 Interpreting cultures 

RS146 Foundations of Social Work

IR203 International organizations

Year Three

Semester One

PG309 Social policies of community development

PG315 Peace & conflict studies

IR302 International law and practice

CA125 PNG history

Three Semester Two

PG316 Reforms and district developments

PG317 Research methods

IR333 Foreign policy analysis

BS317 Human resource development

Year Four

Semester One

PG418 PNG economy and Vision 2050

PG427 Data analysis & research report

PG453 Leading and managing a change project

IR431 International and regional security

Semester Two

PG407 Film studies for development

PG419 Traditional village religions

IR204 PNG foreign policy

IR432 Geopolitics in Asia-Pacific