- Code POLS4013
- 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, Political Sciences, Human Rights, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Dong Wook Kim
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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This honours course is designed as an introduction to contemporary theories, debates, and major scholarly traditions in international relations. As a core course offered in this field, the intention is to provide honours students with a general, but not elementary, overview. The course explores six traditions in international relations scholarship, three rationalist (neorealism, neoliberalism, and liberalism) and three constructivist (structural, agentic, and postmodern). Our primary concern is to examine and assess each approach’s foundational assumptions, method and scope of the problem defined, understanding of the units of world politics, how it conceptualises international institutions, and the relationship between agency and international structure. In addressing these and other questions, we will explore several issue areas of world politics, such as international security, international political economy, international law and organisations, policy diffusion, globalisation, humanitarian action, gender, human rights, democratisation, and the environment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand different international relations theories;
- apply international relations theories to case studies and issue areas of world politics;
- understand how world politics works; and
- think, write, and argue critically and logically about issues of world politics from a political science perspective.
Indicative AssessmentResearch proposal, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Theoretical Argument Paper, 2500 words (50%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Research Proposal Presentation, 10 mins (10%) Learning outcomes 2, 4
Class participation (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of seminars; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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