- Code INTR8020
- 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, Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) concept has emerged in recent years to take a central place in international deliberations about how to best ensure the protection of populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. While the concept was unanimously endorsed by states at the UN World Summit in 2005, it has not always been consistently implemented and populations continue to suffer from atrocity crimes in various parts of the world. This course seeks a deep understanding of the R2P concept, critically examining questions about the history, ethics, law, and politics of R2P and studying key cases of the threat or perpetration of mass atrocities from the last decade. It reaches beyond well-known debates about military intervention to grapple with the complexities of non-coercive as well as coercive means of protecting populations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Develop a critical understanding of the historical antecedents of R2P and its rapid development in recent years
- Critically evaluate the contemporary ethics, law, and politics of R2P
- Understand the future directions of R2P in a changing world
- Develop skills in writing and speaking to different audiences on the politics, law, and ethics of efforts to prevent mass atrocities
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
- Please note that this assessment is indicative only. The actual assessment for the course is provided in the Class Summary prior to the commencement of the semester in which the course is being conducted and may differ from this assessment. (null) [LO null]
- Opinion Piece (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
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.
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Assumed KnowledgeUnderstanding of basic concepts of International Relations.
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