- 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
- Dr Darren Lim
- Jessica Wilson
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2018
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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 will have the knowledge and skills 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,
- Critically appraise theoretical works in the field of international relations.
Tutorial participation (10%) (Learning Outcomes 1-4)
500 word research proposal (10%) (Learning Outcomes 1-4)
3500 word Essay (40%) (Learning Outcomes 1-4)
Examination 2 hours [in formal examination period] (40%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsArt, Robert J., and Robert Jervis. 2015. International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues. 12th Edition. Pearson.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8611||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person||N/A|