• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Douglas MacKay
    • Dr Haroro Ingram
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
    See Future Offerings

World Politics provides an introduction to the major concepts and issues in contemporary international relations. What is power? Who are the main actors in international affairs? What makes some nations great powers? Why does war occur and what does globalisation really mean? Through the course, students will evaluate and debate these ideas in the context of contemporary developments in world affairs. They will encounter and engage with a range of timely issues, including terrorism, failing states, strategic rivalry, global economic turbulence, and nuclear proliferation.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to: 
1. identify the key concepts that influence the dynamics of world politics;
2. understand the sources of these concepts and their historical development;
3. use these concepts in order to critically research, analyze, and evaluate major issues in contemporary world politics; 
4. develop a clear awareness of accepted academic practice -- referencing, citation, written expression, and so on. 
5. develop skills for research, argument, and analysis in order to to effectively communicate their own perspectives on key concepts and issues in world politics

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

1. Course participation 10%

2. Essay I 30% 

3. Essay II 40%

4. Exam 20%.

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Workload

Averages out to 10 hours per week (2x seminar attendance, 8 hours a week reading, preparing, research and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

You may not complete this course if you have already completed INTR8071 - World Politics (12 units).

Prescribed Texts

Chris Brown & Kirsten Ainley, Understanding International Relations, 4th ed (New York:Palgrave Madmillan, 2009).

Preliminary Reading

Reading required before the course begins.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2949 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8955 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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