• 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
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course is open to, and compulsory for, all currently enrolled HDR students in the Department of International Relations. It should be completed in the first year of enrolment. It will be exploring a wide range of material chosen by colleagues in the IR department. It is aimed at cultivating two important scholarly practices. The first is generosity, i.e. taking the strongest possible version of an argument and reading it as sympathetically as possible. The second, linked, practice is internal critique, i.e. reading texts through what the author sets out to do and exploring to what extent their logic and evidence bear out these goals.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand how the different authors situate their work in the discipline and beyond.
  2. Critically evaluate how successfully the authors accomplish the goals they set for themselves and how they navigate their positionality and politics in their writing
  3. Identify the structure, form of the argument, use of theory and evidence, and methodologies of each text.
  4. Develop strong written and oral communication skills in order to analyse and discuss key texts in the discipline of International Relations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Seminar Presentation (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Reflective Essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, both interactive/seminar based and independent research. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent. 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

Incompatible with INTR8072

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.

Preliminary Reading

Assumed Knowledge

This course is intended for higher degree research (HDR) students. As such the course assumes prior knowledge to the level of University entry requirements for doctoral studies of H2A at Honours or equivalent in a cognate discipline.


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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