- Code POLS1006
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Michael Zekulin
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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What are the most pressing issues facing global politics today? This course looks at the ideas, issues, and actions that shape our contemporary world. It asks how we understand the world, how we might understand it differently and why certain issues dominate global politics while others are ignored. It also examines the capacity for people, organisations, and nations to co-operate in search of solutions to today’s pressing problems.
In doing so, this course is broken up into two key sections: Global Visions; and Conflict and Co-operation. The first section looks at different approaches to thinking about international relations and world politics and introduces students to the key actors, agents, institutions and ideas that dominate the world today. The second section, ‘Crisis and Co-operation’ looks at the sources of international tensions, and the possibilities for global co-operation around major issues such as transnational conflict, international political economy, global environmental management, and human and social rights. In each theme this course examines the history of these major areas of contemporary international relations and the competing debates and agendas within them. It then focuses upon causes and consequences of a contemporary crisis and examines the possibilities of global co-operation in its resolution.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify key issues in global politics and understand their historical contexts;
- develop the capacity to research key issues in ways that enable them to analyse different approaches to understanding and addressing these issues;
- debate and evaluate different approaches to major issues;
- write and present a political argument in a clear, coherent, and engaging manner; and
- demonstrate reading comprehension of relevant IR literature.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial Participation (10%). Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5
1 Short Paper, 1000 words (15%). Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4
1 Research Paper, 2000 words (40%). Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5
1 Final Exam (sit-down), 1000 words (35%). Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 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.
Weekly readings to support the tutorials will be made available electronically via the Wattle Site
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