- Code POLS2136
- 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 International Relations, Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Darren Lim
- Mode of delivery In Person
Winter Session 2019
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Why has the unparalleled military might of the United States seemingly been insufficient to achieve its interests in the Middle East, while Russia appears to have achieved significant success in Europe? Does Chinas rapidly growing economy endow it with a potent economic instrument of power? Is the soft power of the West declining amid global financial crisis and domestic political turmoil? Who is winning the contest of great powers in the 21st century? This course focuses on puzzles like these, examining how power is accumulated and wielded in international relations, and the conditions under which its use can be successful. States are the primary focus of the course, and five primary modes of power will be studied: military power, economic power, institutional power, soft power and hegemonic power. The objective of this course is to provide the student with a broad and deep understanding of how power can be conceptualised, measured, and deployed in international relations, and the conditions for its successful use. The course considers a wide range of contemporary issues and case studies and will analyse both the capacity of and limitations on states to wield different types of power successfully.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify, compare and evaluate different types of power and instruments of power in international relations;
- analyse the conditions under which the use of different types of power deployed by states will succeed or fail;
- debate and evaluate different approaches to major issues;
- apply the various analytical frameworks relating to to the use of power to contemporary case studies; and
- develop and demonstrate sound research, writing and oral presentation skills.
Expected Classes 2019:
Monday 1 July, 9am-5pm
Wednesday 3 July, 9am-5pm
Friday 5 July, 9am-5pm
Monday 8 July, 9am-5pm
Wednesday 10 July, 9am-5pm
Friday 12 July, 9am-5pm
- Tutorial Participation: 10% (LO: 1, 3, 4, 5) (10) [LO null]
- Newspaper opinion piece, 800 words: 15% (LO: 1, 2, 5) (15) [LO null]
- Case study essay, 2000 words: 35% (LO: 1-5) (35) [LO null]
- Final exam, 2 hours (40%) (LO: 1-5) (40) [LO null]
Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials.
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
David Baldwin, 1985, Economic Statecraft (Princeton).
Daniel Byman and Matthew Waxman, 2002, The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (RAND).
Joseph Nye, 2004, Soft Power: The Means to Succeed in World Politics (Public Affairs).
Felix Berenskoetter and M.J. Williams (Eds.), 2007, Power in World Politics (Routledge).
David Baldwin, 2016, Power and International relations: A Conceptual Approach (Princeton).
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