- Class Number 7973
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic Writing IR 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Claire Cronin
- Dr Claire Cronin
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
The Writing International Relations course is an introduction to graduate writing skills focused on the discipline of International Relations. It seeks to develop such skills as how to read for argument, how to construct an argument, forms of reasoning and evidence, structuring an essay, how to conduct advanced research, and critical thinking. It does so through a careful analysis of selected International Relations texts and debates, and through the interactive development of graduated written assignments
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- A basic understanding of the nature of the discipline of political science and international relations and where it fits in relation to other social sciences
- The acquisition of the necessary skills for advanced academic writing in international relations at graduate level
- An understanding of critical thinking, forms of reasoning and debate
- An appreciation of advanced research methods in international relations
- An understanding of a major current international relations debate
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||Introducing the Discipline of International Relations|
|2||International Relations as a Social Science|
|3||Introducing Human Rights: The International System|
|4||Introducing Human Rights: Historical Analysis|
|5||Introducing Human Rights: Cultural Analysis|
|6||Colonialism, Post-Colonialism and Human Rights|
|7||Humanitarian Intervention and The Responsibility to Protect|
|8||Mass Human Rights Abuses: Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions|
|9||Current Issues in Human Rights: Pandemics, Protests and Populism|
|10||The Future of Human Rights (and IR)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Critical Reading Task. (Due Date: 06/09/20). 30%. Submitted through Wattle.||30 %||06/09/2020||19/09/2020||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Presentation. 10 minutes. (In class 21/10/20 or 28/10/20). 25%||25 %||21/10/2020||01/11/2020||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Essay (Due date: 08/11/20). 45%. Submitted through Wattle. 3500 words.||45 %||08/11/2020||19/11/2019||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Critical Reading Task. (Due Date: 06/09/20). 30%. Submitted through Wattle.
In this task, you will critically analyse three texts from the essay 'Resource Pack' in this guide. The aim of the critical reading is not to simply say what the three texts are about. Instead you must identify key debates, why those debates are important for the essay question and what your opinion is and why. How do they alter, advance, or problematise your emerging answer? 1500 words. 500 per text.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Presentation. 10 minutes. (In class 21/10/20 or 28/10/20). 25%
Each student will prepare and deliver a brief presentation on their response to the essay question. Students will be assessed on the clarity of their central argument, the structure of the presentation and their presentation skills.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Essay (Due date: 08/11/20). 45%. Submitted through Wattle. 3500 words.
The essay is the culmination of your research project. It is where you must expand, deepen and refine your arguments from your essay plan and short essay into a single high-quality essay.
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Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late SubmissionNo submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Human rights, transitional justice, peace and conflict, empire and colonialism
Dr Claire Cronin