• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maria Tanyag
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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Researching International Relations: Curiosity, Methods and Ethics in the Study of Global Politics (INTR8072)

This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate together in the same class.

Why do we study International Relations (IR)? For what purpose, for whom and where do we research IR? What inspires our research questions, and why should we not just ask but also find answers in ways that build knowledge critically and ethically? In Researching IR, students will be exposed to key contentions and state of knowledge on doing research in the field of IR. It aims to equip students with the theoretical, methodological and normative toolkits for formulating good research questions, practicing methodological creativity and in crafting research designs with integrity. The course is structured into three main parts beginning with lessons on the development of a research project, literature review and research significance. It then examines a range of toolkits researchers use in finding answers to their research questions. The remainder of the course examines ways of applying IR research within and beyond the academic environment as well as for a range of academic, policy and practitioner audience.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand theoretical, methodological and normative insights on conducting research in international relations (IR)
  2. Critically evaluate a pluralist and eclectic range of methodology, methods and ethical principles in conducting IR research
  3. Apply knowledge on conducting IR research in diverse and multiply-relevant ways from academic, policy to development practice environment.
  4. Develop a variety of communication and critical-thinking skills needed in sustaining socially-engaged and ethical IR scholarship.

Other Information

The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reading Review (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Research Ethics Brief (30) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Research Proposal (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5663 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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