• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mathew Davies
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course surveys the principal theoretical perspectives on international relations and explores their relevance to understanding contemporary issues and developments in world politics. It considers why we should theorise about international relations, asks what international relations is as an academic pursuit, reviews the various meanings of theory, and introduces the major theoretical questions and perspectives that have occupied students of international affairs. In surveying the major theories of international relations, it assumes that all theories have an explanatory dimension-explaining how the world works-and a normative dimension-prescribing how it ought to work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

This course is designed to give students:

  • An appreciation of the centrality of theorizing to all thinking about international relations.
  • An understanding of the principal theoretical perspectives that have been developed to understand international relations and global politics, and an appreciation of how individual theories have evolved in relation to one another and within particular social and historical contexts.
  • An ability to engage with theories critically and reflectively.
  • An ability to reason theoretically through written and spoken communication.

Indicative Assessment

The course has three pieces of assessment:

  • Mid-semester test.
  • Major essay (5000 words): a long research paper that gives students the opportunity to explore in detail a theory or theoretical issue that particularly interests them.
  • Final exam (three hours): a major examination sat under formal exam conditions.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

12 hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and ten for reading and writing. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
12 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
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3852
2004 $3852
2005 $4380
2006 $4380
2007 $5040
2008 $5184
2009 $5340
2010 $5436
2011 $5556
2012 $5616
2013 $5616
2014 $5616
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $7416
2004 $7416
2005 $7416
2006 $7632
2007 $7632
2008 $7632
2009 $7632
2010 $7884
2011 $7884
2012 $7884
2013 $7884
2014 $7884
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3736 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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