From where do we get our ideas about the rights and duties of states, global justice, trade, immigration, diplomacy, war, sovereignty, and empire? How have these ideas been used and abused in the past? And what useful ideas have we forgotten that may be worth excavating and inserting into contemporary debates about international relations? This course addresses these questions by examining Western thinking about international relations (broadly defined) from the Ancient Greeks through the Romans, Medieval theologians, early modern lawyers and philosophers, Enlightenment theorists, to the beginning of the twentieth century. In each seminar we will consider the writings of past thinkers in their historical contexts, examining the particular crises and opportunities to which they were responding and the debates in which they were engaged, and we will also consider how their ideas may be of use to us today as we deal with our own crises and opportunities and engage in our own debates about international relations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the emergence of Western international thought
- Understand the uses and abuses of traditions of thought both by other historical thinkers and in the modern period
- Critically evaluate the significance of these traditions for contemporary debate
- Communicate their views about the history of international thought through assignments and class participation
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]
- Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Quiz (10) [LO 1,2]
- Research Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final Exam (40) [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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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3373||21 Feb 2022||28 Feb 2022||31 Mar 2022||27 May 2022||In Person||N/A|