- Code INTR8011
- Unit Value 12 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
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Mathew Davies
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This course surveys the principal theoretical perspectives on international relations that have emerged in the 20th Century in the western tradition. The course explores the relevance of these theories to understanding contemporary issues in world politics. It considers why we should theorise about international relations, asks what international relations is as an academic pursuit, reviews the various meanings of theory, and introduces the major theoretical questions and perspectives that have occupied students of international affairs. The course considers both the internal logic of theoretical development (the role of bureaucracy, the shifting considerations of what it means to engage in social scientific research) and the external dynamics (real world events, public demands on intellectuals) to consider both contextual and contemporary appreciation of 20/21st century western thought about international relations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:This course is designed to give students:
- An appreciation of the centrality of theorizing to all thinking about international relations.
- An understanding of the principal theoretical perspectives that have been developed to understand international relations and global politics, and an appreciation of how individual theories have evolved in relation to one another and within particular social and historical contexts.
- An ability to engage with theories critically and reflectively.
- The ability to relate theories to contemporary events
- An awareness of the chronology of theoretical work and key claims of leading theorists
- An ability to reason theoretically through written and spoken communication.
Other InformationDelivery Mode:
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
1 x Contextual research essay (2,500 words)
1 x Reflective essay (5,000 words)
1 x Contemporary Analysis comment (1500 words)
1 x Multiple Choice test
1 x Exam (2,000 words)
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Twenty hours per week - four of which are contact, and sixteen are reading and preparation.
1 x Lecture attendance, 1 x seminar attendance.
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