• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Interventions & State-building looks at the interplay between the different conceptual understandings of the state, with state weakness and fragility on the one hand and state formation and state-building on the other. The course discusses how international interventions can reinforce state fragility or positively contribute to strengthen state capacity and societal cohesion. Crosscutting themes include (good) governance, inclusion and exclusion of local actors, securitization logics and the progressive detachment of international actors from local contexts, as well as new technologies of interventions and their impact on the ground. The course looks at the relationship between state-building and peace-building in countries that have experienced conflict. It explores these issues in the context of different types of states, including both ‘resilient’ and ‘failed’ states, drawing on diverse case studies drawn from post-conflict and transition countries especially in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how the principles and theories of governance and state-building may be applied to the practical situations facing policy makers in developing and transition countries.
  2. Critically analyse the concepts, theories and approaches relating to the state and state-building
  3. Apply the theories of state-building to critically analyse recent interventions and their outcomes
  4. Develop strong written and oral communication skills in order to analyse and discuss cases of intervention and state-building

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. Please note that this assessment is indicative only. The actual assessment for the course is provided in the Class Summary prior to the commencement of the semester in which the course is being conducted and may differ from this assessment. (null) [LO null]
  2. Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Quiz (10) [LO 1,2]
  4. Research Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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