• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charles Miller
    • Dr Michael Zekulin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues (POLS1006)

What are the most pressing issues facing global politics today?  This course looks at the ideas, issues, and actions that shape our contemporary world.  It asks how we understand the world, how we might understand it differently and why certain issues dominate global politics while others are ignored.  It also examines the capacity for people, organisations, and nations to co-operate in search of solutions to today's pressing problems. 

In doing so, this course is broken up into two key sections: Global Visions; and Conflict and Co-operation. The first section looks at different approaches to thinking about international relations and world politics and introduces students to the key actors, agents, institutions and ideas that dominate the world today.  The second section, 'Crisis and Co-operation' looks at the sources of international tensions, and the possibilities for global co-operation around major issues such as transnational conflict, international political economy, global environmental management, and human and social rights. In each theme this course examines the history of these major areas of contemporary international relations and the competing debates and agendas within them.  It then focuses upon causes and consequences of a contemporary crisis and examines the possibilities of global co-operation in its resolution.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1.  Identify key issues in global politics and understand their historical contexts.
  2. Develop the capacity to research key issues in ways that enable them to analyse different approaches to understanding and addressing these issues.
  3. Debate and evaluate different approaches to major issues
  4. Write and present a political argument in a clear, coherent, and engaging manner
  5. Demonstrate reading comprehension of relevant IR literature.

Indicative Assessment

1 x in-tutorial presentation (5%) [Learning Outcomes:  1, 3, 5]

1 x short paper, 800 words (15%) [Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4]

1x research paper, 2,000 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5]

1x sit-down examination, 1.5 hrs (35%) [Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4]

Class Participation (5%) [Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Weekly readings to support the tutorials will be made available electronically via the Wattle Site

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Minors

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8243 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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