• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
The Evolution of the International System 2 (INTR8012)

This course examines the evolution of the contemporary international system through exploring how relationships of power have evolved and changed as the modern international system emerged from a series of regional systems. It uses the concept of empire to explore the changing nature of order, power and power relationships. This allows us to view international relations as a thick set of social, political, cultural and military relations, offering a range of perspectives that are often obscured by focusing just on the international system as simply one of sovereign states. The course explores the relationship between empire and the evolution of concepts such as region, sovereignty and hegemony. It further examines the relationship between empire and conflict, focusing in particular on the twentieth century. The course also considers the putative disappearance and resurgence of empire in this period, allowing us to reflect in conclusion on the utility of the concept in contemporary world politics.

Learning Outcomes

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



Students will have developed a historical perspective on the processes surrounding the evolution of the contemporary international political system. They will be able to develop diverse and informed opinions on the role of various forms of power in how the world has reached its current state. They will also have been made aware of the richness of the political system and how, in addition to states, other actors and institutions participate in its creation and maintenance. In particular, by the end of the course, students will have new awareness of the role of empires and hegemons in forming the structures and processes of international politics.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Semester 2 2013, on campus, seminar-style.  

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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.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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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.

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