• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Hans Envall
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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What are international (intergovernmental) organisations? Why have states established them and what roles do they play in international relations? This course examines theoretical debates concerning international organisations, both as forums for inter-state cooperation states and as actors in their own right. The course includes discussion of traditional and critical approaches to the study of international organisations and applies these approaches to examples of organisations working in different issue areas (e.g. security, trade, environment, human rights) and in the Asia-Pacific region. Key questions for debate include what international organisations are, where they come from, and what different theoretical approaches can tell us about them. The crucial relationship between states and international organisations and how international organisations can be actors in their own right are also examined.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the major traditional and critical theories of International Relations on international organisations
  2. Understand the historical development of international organisation and their current operations in different issue areas
  3. Analyse contemporary debates on the role and effect of international organisations as forums for inter-state cooperation and as actors in international relations
  4. Conduct a student research project and make clear and concise arguments in written assignments and oral class participation

Other Information


The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 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]
  2. Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Critical Reading Note I (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Critical Reading Note II (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Essay Plan (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Research Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9001 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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