• Class Number 2821
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • George Lawson
    • George Lawson
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

The Studying International Relations course is an introduction to graduate writing skills focused on the discipline of International Relations. It seeks to develop such skills as how to read for argument, how to construct an argument, forms of reasoning and evidence, structuring an essay, how to conduct advanced research, and critical thinking. It does so through a careful analysis of selected International Relations texts and debates, and through the interactive development of graduated written assignments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the nature of the discipline of political science and international relations and where it fits in relation to other social sciences
  2. Demonstrate the acquisition of the necessary skills for advanced academic writing in international relations at graduate level
  3. Show an understanding of critical thinking, forms of reasoning and debate
  4. Develop a robust understanding of advanced research methods in international relations
  5. Examine major current international relations debate

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 What is International Relations?
2 The Global Transformation
3 IR Thinking Before IR Theory
4 Contemporary International Order
5 Current Debates in IR
6 Panel Discussion: The COVID Pandemic
7 Structures: Hierarchy and Anarchy
8 Units: States and Empires
9 Actors: Rule and Unrule
10 Dynamics: Race and Culture
11 A Global International Relations?
12 Student Presentations

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % 31/05/2021 31/05/2021 2
Presentation 15 % 24/05/2021 28/05/2021 2,3
Comparative Assessment 25 % 01/04/2021 15/04/2021 2,3
Essay plan 10 % 17/05/2021 28/05/2020 1,2,3
Research Essay 40 % 11/06/2021 18/06/2021 4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2


Assessed by course convenor based on contributions to seminars and workshops, group work, additions to chat function, voting.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 24/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2,3


Assessed by Course Convenor. 10 minute recorded presentation, including slides. Assessed on both form and content; criteria will be provided to students in advance.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/04/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

Comparative Assessment

Uploaded to Wattle; assessed by course convenor. Due by 11:55pm, Thursday 1st April (2,500 words).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 17/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Essay plan

Uploaded to Wattle; assessed by course convenor. Due by 11:55pm Monday 17th May (1,500 words)

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 11/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 18/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 4,5

Research Essay

Uploaded to Wattle; assessed by Course Convenor. Due by 11:55pm Friday 11th June (4,000 words).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

Under ANU policy, students who elect not to submit an assessment task through Turnitin are required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
George Lawson
6125 6491

Research Interests

Historical International Relations, Revolutions, Global Modernity, IR Theory

George Lawson

Thursday 15:00 16:30
George Lawson
6125 6491

Research Interests

George Lawson

Thursday 15:00 16:30

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