• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Security Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Katrin Travouillon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Did George W. Bush declare a War on Terror because he felt humiliated by the 9/11 attacks? How do we assess a global phenomenon like climate anxiety and its impact on political activism? Did the images of trauma and grief following the Bali bombings actually serve to strengthen the Australian national community? And does it matter when the President of the United States declares that he fell in love with Kim Jong Un?

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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Papers 5x500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Final Essay 2500 words (40) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a)    36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial

b)    94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You must have completed at least 48 units of study in your current degree.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Petersen, Roger. “Emotions as Resources.” In: Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict. Cambridge University Press, 2011

Mercer, Jonathan. “Feeling like a State: Social Emotion and Identity.” International Theory 6, no. 03 (November 2014): 515–35.

Mercer, Jonathan. “Emotion and Strategy in the Korean War.” International Organization 67, no. 02 (April 2013): 221–52.

Hall, Todd H. “The Diplomacy of Sympathy.” In Emotional Diplomacy: Official Emotion on the International Stage. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2015.

Saurette , Paul . “You dissin me? Humiliation and post 9/11 global politics” Review of International Studies 32, (2006): 495-522

Nussbaum, Martha. “Teaching Patriotism. Love and Critical Freedom.” In Political Emotions. Why Love Matters for Justice. Harvard University Press, 2015.

Crawford, Neta C. “The Passion of World Politics: Propositions on Emotion and Emotional Relationships.” International Security 24, no. 4 (April 2000): 116–56.

Hutchison, Emma. “Emotions and national community.” In Affective Communities in World Politics. Collective Emotions after Trauma. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Hennings, Anne. “The Dark Underbelly of Land Struggles: The Instrumentalization of Female Activism and Emotional Resistance in Cambodia.” Critical Asian Studies 51, no. 1 (January 2, 2019): 103–19.

Linklater, Andrew. “Anger and World Politics: How Collective Emotions Shift over Time.” International Theory 6, no. 03 (November 2014): 574–78.

Pupavac, Vanessa. “War on the Couch: The Emotionology of the New International Security Paradigm.” European Journal of Social Theory 7, no. 2 (May 2004): 149–70.

Assumed Knowledge

The following are recommended courses:

POLS2044 - Contemporary Political Analysis

SOCY2043 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods


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
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Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7108 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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