- Code POLS3017
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Kenneth Fraser
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2014
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This subject focuses on the different ways in which theorists have attempted to explain and understand different aspects of international relations. It begins by introducing students to the nature and purpose of theory as well as the major theoretical concepts employed by IR scholars and policymakers before exploring in more detail different theoretical approaches to: power politics (realism(s) and power transition theory), anarchy and interdependence (game theory, neorealism and neoliberalism), decision making (bureaucratic and psychological politics), perceived threats (conservatism/neoconservatism and constructivism), and relationships of inclusion and exclusion (critical theory and feminism).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:After successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- identify and describe the main elements of the most significant theoretical approaches to the study of international relations;
- recognise and interpret key texts that have shaped the development of international relations theory;
- apply different theoretical approaches to the analysis of events in international affairs; and,
- to write clear, concise appraisals of theoretical works.
Indicative Assessment2000 - 2500 word Essay (50%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Short-writing exercises (20%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 4)
Examination (30%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 4)
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WorkloadExpected attendance and participation in 1 x two-hour lecture followed by a one-hour discussion forum each week. The discussion forum may include:
- structured group discussion;
- films relevant to the course followed by discussion;
- text analysis exercises;
- short-writing exercises that form part of the assessment in the course; and/or,
- question and answer sessions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsElectronic copies of prescribed readings will be made available on Wattle.
Assumed KnowledgeA basic understanding of Political Science and/or International Relations gained from completion of two first-year courses in Political Science.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4801||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|