- Code POLS4013
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Dongwook Kim
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2024
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This honours course is designed as an introduction to contemporary theories, debates, and major scholarly traditions in international relations. As a core course offered in this field, the intention is to provide honours students with a general, but not elementary, overview. The course explores major traditions in international relations scholarship, including classical and modern rationalist approaches based in realist and liberal traditions, as well as psychological and constructivist conributions. Our primary concern is to examine and assess each approach’s foundational assumptions, logic, problem definition, understanding of the units of world politics, conceptualization if international institutions, agency and international structure, and key insights. In addressing these and other questions, we will explore several issue areas of world politics, such as international security, international political economy, and connections between domestic politics and foreign policy. There will be an emphasis on connecting theory to empirical tests.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand different international relations theories;
- apply international relations theories to case studies and issue areas of world politics;
- understand how world politics works; and
- think, write, and argue critically and logically about issues of world politics from a political science perspective.
- Research proposal (1000 words ) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Theoretical Argument Paper (2500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Proposal Presentation 10 mins (10) [LO 2,3,4]
- Class participation (20) [LO 1,2,4]
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Workload130 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
There is no required textbook. Instead, a number of articles and book chapters are required and can be downloaded from Wattle, along with supplementary recommended
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2981||19 Feb 2024||26 Feb 2024||31 Mar 2024||24 May 2024||In Person||N/A|