• Class Number 7284
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Katrin Travouillon
    • Dr Katrin Travouillon
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Elena Williams
SELT Survey Results

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Summarise and present the contents of analytical readings on the role of emotions in international politics
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the different theories and methods that political science research draws on to conceptualise and implement emotions as an analytical category
  3. Critically assess arguments for the relevance of emotions as an analytical category in international politics
  4. Apply these new analytical frameworks to historical and contemporary cases in international politics

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 Session 1: What is an emotion? Introducing a theoretical concept
2 Session 2: Beyond the thinking/feeling divide: Emotions in international politics
3 Session 3: How do we study emotions in international politics?
4 Session 4: Emotions and political strategy
5 Session 5: Emotions and diplomacy Tutorial Paper 1 due by Friday, 26 August 2022
6 Session 6: Emotions and political power I
7 Teaching Break
8 Teaching Break
9 Session 7: Emotions and political power II
10 Session 8: Emotions and political violence
11 Session 9: Emotions and transnational challenges: Case Study I
12 Session 10: Emotions and transnational challenges: Case Study II Tutorial Paper 2 due by Friday, 14 October 2022
13 Session 11: Emotions in peace and conflict
14 Session 12: Emotions: Missing pieces in political science research puzzles?

Tutorial Registration

Students have to register for one tutorial of their choice. Please note that students are expected to participate in the tutorials on campus. We will reserve spots in the online tutorial for those students who are affected by Covid and related travel restrictions.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Class and Tutorial Participation 5 % 02/12/2022 1,2,3
Tutorial Papers 45 % * 1, 2, 3
Final Essay 50 % 04/11/2022 1, 2, 3, 4

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 5 %
Due Date: 02/12/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Class and Tutorial Participation

Students will be graded on the quality of their participation in class and tutorial discussions. It will test their command of substantive and theoretical materials, as well as their ability to communicate these orally.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 45 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Tutorial Papers

Tutorial papers give students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to critically read the assigned academic literature on the role of emotions in international politics and reflect on the arguments of the authors. They furthermore provide them with the opportunity to discuss the merits of emotion as an analytical category in international politics. 


Students have to submit a total of two tutorial papers. For each of these two tutorial papers students have the choice between submitting their response to a question on the assigned readings OR to provide a brief critical commentary that applies an emotional lens to the discussion of a historical or contemporary case in international politics.

Tutorial paper / Option 1: Response to question

On Monday 25th July students will have access to a list with tutorial paper questions. From this list, they can choose one question. They have to respond to their chosen question in tutorial paper 1, due by Friday, 26 August 2022.

On Monday 12th September students will have access to list with tutorial paper questions. From this list, they can choose one question. They have to respond to their chosen question in tutorial paper 2, due by Friday, 14 October 2022.

The lists will be available on Wattle.

Tutorial paper / Option 2: Critical commentary:

The critical commentary is designed to encourage students to apply the theoretical and analytical principles learned in class to structure their thoughts and observations of contemporary or historical cases in international relations. This paper has to be demonstrably motivated by the reading of at least one of the assigned texts, or seminar topics (For example: a critical commentary on the media coverage of the BLM protests that cites the literature we read in preparation for the session on Emotions and political power I).

Students are encouraged to write one critical commentary on a historical or contemporary case, since this paper may be used to develop your research question. The submitted text may furthermore be used as a building block for your final essay.

Detailed instructions on the critical commentary will be provided on Wattle.

The tutorial papers are also designed to facilitate class participation. Students are encouraged to nominate their critical commentaries for discussion and feedback during the tutorial.

2 x 1500 Words 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 04/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Essay

The main essay will give students the opportunity to apply the theoretical and analytical principles acquired in class to empirical research. Students will have to formulate a research questions and provide an analysis of a historical or contemporary case in international relations. Since they have the option to build their essay on a previously submitted tutorial paper (option 2, critical commentary), the work on this essay also encourages them to discuss their observations, ideas, and the feedback they have received with their peers. The essay thereby also aims to improve their skills to constructively engage with criticism.

Detailed instructions on the final essay will be provided on Wattle.

Final papers are due on 4 November 2022.

2500 Words

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission for tutorial papers not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission for final essay 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. Extensions may be granted 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

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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).

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