• 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 Kirsten Ainley
    • George Lawson
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

Who are the main actors in international affairs? How do they shape political outcomes, and under what constraints? Why do wars happen and what drives globalisation? Through the course, students will evaluate and debate these ideas in the context of contemporary developments in world affairs. They will encounter and engage with a range of timely issues, including terrorism, failing states, strategic rivalry, global economic turbulence, and nuclear proliferation. As an introduction to the field of IR, the course also seeks to develop such skills as: how to read for argument, reasoning and evidence; how to construct an argument; how to structure an essay; how to conduct research; and how to engage in critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the key concepts that influence the dynamics of world politics
  2. Understand the sources of these concepts and their historical development
  3. Use these concepts in order to critically research, analyse, and evaluate major issues in contemporary world politics
  4. Develop a clear awareness of accepted academic practice -- referencing, citation, written expression
  5. Effectively communicate their own perspectives on key concepts and issues in world politics through research, argument and analysis

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. Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Reading Quiz (10 question multiple choice) (5) [LO 1,2]
  3. Short Essay (1,500 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Literature Review (2,500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Research Paper (5,000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

`Approximately 260 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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You may not complete this course if you have already completed INTR8036 - World Politics (6 units).

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.

Fees

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:
14
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2644 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5634 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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