- Code INTR8011
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International Relations
- Areas of interest International Relations
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Mathew Davies
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.
This course surveys the principal theoretical perspectives on international relations that have emerged in the 20th and 21st centuries. It considers why we should theorise about international relations, asks what international relations is as an academic discipline, reviews the various meanings of theory, and introduces the major theoretical questions and perspectives that have occupied students of international affairs. The course considers both the internal logic of theoretical development (the role of bureaucracy, the nature of academic disciplines, and the shifting considerations of what it means to engage in social scientific research) and external dynamics (real world events, public demands on intellectuals) to consider how and why the discipline has evolved and changed. The course takes a critical approach to the European and gendered dimensions of IR’s theoretical development.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Appreciate the centrality of theorizing to thinking about international relations
- Understand the principal theoretical perspectives that have been developed to understand international relations and global politics
- Appreciate how individual theories have evolved in relation to one another and within particular social and historical contexts
- Engage with theories critically and reflectively
- Relate theories to contemporary events
- Reason theoretically through written and spoken communication
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
- Essay 1 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Mid-Course Review (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Essay 2 (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Final Exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars, lectures, 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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