- Code INTR8046
- Unit Value 6 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 Benjamin Zala
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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This course explores the fundamental characteristics of the contemporary international system through the study of its historical evolution. It will take a thematic approach to examining how the ideas, actors, and institutions that have defined the international system in the modern period arose, evolved, and sometimes disappeared over time. It will consider the forces that have shaped human interaction across political and geographic boundaries over the past five centuries and analyse their legacies for contemporary international relations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:At the end of the course, students will be able to:1. Critically understand the evolution of the international system across the past five centuries.
2. Appraise the legacies of this history for contemporary international relations.
3. Develop skills in writing and speaking to different audiences on the past, present, and potential futures of the international system.
4. Demonstrate a keen understanding of the role of various forms of power in how the modern world reached its current state.
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
5000 - 6000 words of written assessment, comprising essays, seminar papers and an examination, as deemed appropriate by lecturer.
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Ten hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and eight for reading and writing. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
Reading required before the course begins.
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