• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr April Biccum
    • Dr Richard Frank
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course provides a broad ranging introduction to the study of international relations. It concentrates primarily on the major events (eg The World Wars, The Nuclear age, The Cold War); ideas (realism, liberalism, communism) and strategic practices (eg balance of power, collective security, deterrence) that have shaped the traditional international relations agenda, before engaging the new agenda of the post-Cold War era, particularly the new international political economy of the globalisation era and its impact upon Australian foreign policy. It also explores elements of the war on terror of the post 9/11 period.

Learning Outcomes

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

After Successful completion of this course, students should:

  • Have a broad understanding of some of the most important ideas, issues and events in international relations particularly in the period since World War 1
  • Have an enhanced appreciation of the contemporary international relations agenda
  • Be able to better comprehend and articulate their thoughts on issues of major current significance
  • Have developed stronger research, writing and analytical skills
  • Be well prepared for the comprehensive education in international relations offered by the School of Politics and International Relations.

Indicative Assessment

Short Document Analysis, 800 words (10%) Essay 1700-2000 words (40%), examination (40%) and tutorial participation (10%).

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Two hours of lectures and one tutorial a week. Lectures will be taped.

Students will be required to spend an average of seven hours per week - outside of direct contact hours - preparing for tutorials, researching essay and exam topics.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed POLS2015 International Politics or ANUC1105.

Preliminary Reading

George, J. et al (eds) Introduction to International Relations:  Australian Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 2007.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3435 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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