- Code POLS1005
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest International Relations
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Brandon Yoder
- Dr Ruji Auethavornpipat
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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This course provides a broad introduction to the study of international relations. As a field of study, international relations focuses on the political, military, economic, and cultural interaction of state and non-state actors at the global level. The field therefore encompasses a diverse array of topics, from the causes of war to the politics of development, from international institutions to the environment. In this course, we begin by exploring the key concepts, foundational events, issues, and processes of international relations in order to provide the general knowledge and analytic tools necessary to understand, evaluate, and respond to a complex array of problems in the contemporary world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- have a broad understanding of some of the most important ideas, issues and events in international relations particularly in the period since World War 1;
- have an enhanced appreciation of the contemporary international relations agenda;
- be able to better comprehend and articulate their thoughts on issues of major current significance;
- have developed stronger research, writing and analytical skills; and
- be well prepared for the comprehensive education in international relations offered by the School of Politics and International Relations.
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Midterm examination (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Response Paper, 1000 words (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final Examination, 2 hours (held during the formal examination period) (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures (which will be recorded) and 11 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingFrieden, Jeffry A., David A. Lake, and Kenneth A. Schultz. 2018. World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. Fourth Edition. New York & London: W.W. Norton & Company.
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