- Code POLS3035
- 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, Security Studies, Strategic Studies, Diplomacy, Human Rights
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Dong Wook Kim
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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This course introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, empirical cases, policy instruments, and cutting-edge debates in the field of international law from an International Relations perspective. This is not a course in international law. Rather, the course goes beyond the conventional black letter approach and focuses on the political contexts, causes, and consequences of international law, thereby bridging international politics and international law. The course is structured in three parts. First, we will focus on the different theoretical perspectives in International Relations for understanding international law, such as realist, liberal, and constructivist approaches. Second, the course will examine the general principles of international law, including actors of international law, the creation and sources of international law, international law interpretation, the relationship between international and national law, and the problem of compliance. Third, we will examine the interrelationships between international politics and international law in several specialized areas of international law, such as human rights, the environment, international criminal justice, trade, and/or the use of force.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand different international relations theories of international law;
- apply international relations theories to case studies and issue areas of international law;
- understand how international law works in world politics; and
- think, write, and argue critically and logically about international law issues from a political science perspective.
- Research essay, 3500 words (50%): learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final examination 2 hours (in formal examination period) (50%): learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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WorkloadOne 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour forum per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsSean D. Murphy, Principles of International Law, Second Edition (St. Paul: West, 2012).
Assumed KnowledgeFamiliarity with basic concepts and theories in International Relations.
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