- Class Number 2489
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Mathew Davies
- Dr Mathew Davies
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This course surveys the principal theoretical perspectives on international relations that have emerged in the 20th and 21st centuries. It considers why we should theorise about international relations, asks what international relations is as an academic discipline, 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 nature of academic disciplines, and the shifting considerations of what it means to engage in social scientific research) and external dynamics (real world events, public demands on intellectuals) to consider how and why the discipline has evolved and changed. The course takes a critical approach to the European and gendered dimensions of IR’s theoretical development.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Appreciate the centrality of theorizing to thinking about international relations
- Understand the principal theoretical perspectives that have been developed to understand international relations and global politics
- Appreciate how individual theories have evolved in relation to one another and within particular social and historical contexts
- Engage with theories critically and reflectively
- Relate theories to contemporary events
- Reason theoretically through written and spoken communication
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Art, tragedy and theory|
|3||Christian and political realism|
|12||Ritualism and symbols|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Short Essay||20 %||18/03/2020||3,6|
|Mid Course Review.||15 %||01/04/2020||1,2,4,5,6|
|Multiple Choice Assessment||10 %||25/05/2020||2,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 3,6
Item One: Essay 1. 11.55pm. 20% 2,000 words.
Critically assess the following statement.
EH Carr would have found the Six Points of Hans Morgenthau far too realist for his liking.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6
Mid Course Review.
Item Two. Mid-Course Review. 11.55pm 15% 3 hours (estimate)
The mid-course review will focus the theories discussed in seminars 2-6 (and as revised in AGS 3). As such it provides a ‘capstone’ for the first part of the course and a useful revision exercise as you move into the second part.
The review is structured as follows. On 24 April I will release the questions on wattle. You must answer three of the six questions set.
Answers should be written as if in an exam situation. In other words, I strongly recommend you sit down at your computer and write out the answer, 1 hour on each, as if you were in the exam room writing by hand.
No references are required in the mid course review, but it never hurts to drop a few names if you can.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,6
Item three: Essay 2. 11.55pm 4,000 words. 35%
Critically assess one of these statements:
The moral agonies of christian realism are ultimately a more accurate, if less appealing, account of the world than the comforting messages of liberalism.
In refusing to analyse human nature as a key driver of state behaviour, Neorealism may be more scientific, but it is far less useful, than classical realism.
The debate between neorealism and neoliberalism was the last time scientific progress was the key aim of theoretical debate.
In trying to offer a middle way to study international relations the English School sacrifice theoretical rigour for explanatory power.
For all its ability to expose the limitations of rational choice theorising, critical theories were unable to replace that mainstream as they were never able to offer concrete answers to key questions of the discipline.
Gendered accounts of international relations reveal the paucity of ‘mainstream’ debates whilst offering no substantive way to address them.
Constructivism sacrifices an ethical vision for world politics in favour of empirical accuracy.
Non-western theories have revealed not only the limits, but the fundamental inadequacy, of the western theoretical tradition.
As the study of norms has advanced in the 21st century, so it has become harder and harder to explain the phenomenon of international order.
You can design your own question if you wish, but must get explicit written agreement from me before you embark on this by March 28.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2,5
Multiple Choice Assessment
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
tem Five. Exam 20% (date TBC) Three Hours.
The exam consists of one question which all students must answer. The question is.
Critically assess the following statement: The study of International Relations Theory is better today than it has ever been in the past.
No references are required in the exam, but it never hurts to drop a few names if you can.
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