- Code INTR8078
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International Relations
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2023
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of concepts and theories in the discourse of interventions and statebuilding.
- Critique scholarly perspectives in the field of international interventions and statebuilding.
- Analyse the major approaches to governance and statebuilding in developing and transition countries.
- Apply the theories of statebuilding to understand the contemporary challenges and outcomes of international interventions.
- Integrate cases in the analysis of international interventions and statebuilding.
- Develop strong written and oral communication.
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
- Weekly Reflection Piece (1,000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,6]
- Essay (2,700 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Take-home Exam (1,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
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