• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sarah Logan
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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Today, information technology fuels international politics in ways unimaginable just a few short years ago. Wars are fought online, social media platforms fuel genocide, and we carry in our pockets a computer millions of times more powerful than the one which landed humans on the moon. This course takes students on deep dive into the impact of the information age on the discipline of international relations and the practice of international politics. The course will be structured around empirical material helping students to frame their understanding of the impact of the information age on International Relations. Students will tackle a range of topics, including the history and geopolitical impact of the internet, the concept of cyberwar, platform governance and information warfare. The course will approach these via key theoretical frameworks in International Relations, including constructivist, neorealist and critical approaches.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the design and function of the internet and other information infrastructures and their impact on the ideas and practices of International Relations
  2. Situate information infrastructures and practices in the context of world politics
  3. Critically evaluate research on the political impacts of the information age and apply this to issues in International Relations
  4. Analyse relevant issues in world politics using theoretical approaches derived from International Relations theory.
  5. Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, their own perspectives on the impacts of the information age on world politics and the theoretical concerns of the discipline of International Relations

Indicative Assessment

  1. Meme design (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research design critique (1,250 words) (25) [LO 3,5]
  3. Research essay plan (1,000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research Essay (3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Class participation (5) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars, lectures, as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Further information on prescribed texts will be provided via Wattle.


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6.00 0.12500
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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
8418 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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