• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maria Tanyag
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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This course offers a multidisciplinary, collaborative and co-constructed pedagogical journey on re-imagining International Relations (IR) using race as an analytical, methodological and ethical lens. It is aimed at destabilising ‘settled’ knowledge, interlocutors, and scholarly positions. Students will be challenged and invited to actively shape their learning outcomes as part of meaningful inclusion and diversity in the study of IR. The course begins with an examination of how ideas of race shapes and is shaped by imperialism, violence and global politics through a close reading of selected texts, and by interrogating the complicity of key IR concepts on security, human rights and development. The course then takes on a ‘deep dive’ into thematic issues in IR such as transnational social movements, climate change and refugee ‘crises’. The remainder of the course opens up for critical dialogues on re-imagining a future where race is considered not as an ‘add-on’ but as an indispensable starting point for generosity and a more truthful accounting of IR. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the colonial and postcolonial roots to the discipline and practice of IR
  2. Critically evaluate key concepts, approaches and methods for their complicity in the erasure of race in IR
  3. Apply historical, conceptual, decolonial knowledges to analyse issues in global politics through the lens of race. 
  4. Develop strong written, oral and technical communication skills in order to analyse and discuss contemporary issues on race and global politics. 
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the historical literature on race and global politics as well as contemporary literature on live debates and questions about race and global politics

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reflection Essay (1,000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Creative output with student presentation (video/artwork and analysis) (3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Annotated Course Guide (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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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 6000 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.

Prescribed Texts

Further information on prescribed texts will be provided via Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6 units

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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
8412 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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