- Code INTR8036
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International Relations
- Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr David Envall
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2015
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This course introduces students to a selection of the major theoretical approaches to international relations as well as some of the key issues in contemporary world politics. The aims are to foster familiarity with international relations as an academic discipline, build students' knowledge of debates within the field and to foster an understanding of how the assumptions we make, and the intellectual positions we take, inform our understanding of particular issues. After surveying some of the major approaches to the study of IR in the second section of the course we go on to investigate the development of the modern system of states via consideration of the concept of sovereignty and the relationship between this and the idea of the nation and of the right to national self-determination. In the final section of the course we consider some major issues in contemporary world politics. These include the role of human rights norms in the international system, the future of the sovereign state and conceptions of community in an era of globalization and, finally, consideration of the implications of American power for contemporary world order.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:
identify the key concepts and issues that influence the dynamics of world politics today;
understand the sources of these concepts and issues and their historical development;
use these concepts in order to critically analyze and evaluate competing accounts of contemporary international affairs;
and develop the writing, research, presentation, and analytical skills needed to effectively communicate their own perspectives on these issues
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
5,000- 6,000 words of assessment: presentation- 10%; essay one - 30%; essay two - 40%; and exam - 20%.
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Ten hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and eight 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.
Prescribed TextsChris Brown & Kirsten Ainley, Understanding International Relations, 4th ed (New York:Palgrave Madmillan, 2009).
Reading required before the course begins.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2163||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|