• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Dong Wook Kim
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in 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.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. understand different international relations theories;
  2. apply international relations theories to case studies and issue areas of world politics;
  3. understand how world politics works; and
  4. think, write, and argue critically and logically about issues of world politics from a political science perspective.

Indicative Assessment

Research 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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Workload

130 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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (HIR), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of Public Policy (Honours) (HPPOL), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours) (HLAMS), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

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 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4030 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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