• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Brandon Yoder
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand different international relations theories;
  2. apply international relations theories to case studies and issue areas of world politics;
  3. understand how world politics works; and
  4. think, write, and argue critically and logically about issues of world politics from a political science perspective.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research proposal (1000 words ) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Theoretical Argument Paper (2500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Proposal Presentation 10 mins (10) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Class participation (20) [LO 1,2,4]

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130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (HIR), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE) or Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours) (HASIA).

Prescribed Texts

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



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

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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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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First Semester

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 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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