• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Human Rights, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course explores when and why states cooperate with each other, how they structure their cooperation (through informal arrangements, laws, and organisations), and what role(s) various domestic and international actors play in these processes. We ground ourselves in the early literature on international cooperation, but focus chiefly on more recent work. Because the recent literature relies heavily on quantitative analysis, students will learn elements of regression analysis and will be able to interpret scholarly findings that employ these methods. We will explore various issue-areas: economics, the environment, social and cultural matters, human rights, and development.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. evaluate the roles played by key actors in contemporary international relations;
  2. analyse the formal and informal mechanisms of regulation, coordination, and cooperation in international relations;
  3. synthesise the core theories of international cooperation and evaluate these theories in light of empirical evidence, in language that is clear and coherent;
  4. demonstrate understanding of the basic mechanics of quantitative (regression) analysis; and
  5. interpret regression tables and explain findings in everyday language.

Indicative Assessment

Seminar Participation (7.5%) Learning outcomes 1-3
In class presentation, 15 minutes (7.5%) Learning outcomes 1-3
Research Proposal, 600 words(15%) Learning outcomes 1-3
Research Paper, 4400 words (40%) Learning outcomes 1-3
In class test (30%) Learning outcomes 1-3 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of seminars; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (HIR), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of Public Policy (Honours) (HPPOL), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours) (HLAMS), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
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 $5700
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