• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Goldsmith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course provides a broad introduction to the study of international relations. As a field of study, international relations focuses on the political, military, economic, and cultural interaction of state and non-state actors at the global level. The field therefore encompasses a diverse array of topics, from the causes of war to the politics of development, from international institutions to the environment. In this course, we begin by exploring the key concepts, foundational events, issues, and processes of international relations in order to provide the general knowledge and analytic tools necessary to understand, evaluate, and respond to a complex array of problems in the contemporary world.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. have a broad understanding of some of the most important ideas, issues and events in international relations particularly in the period since World War 1;
  2. have an enhanced appreciation of the contemporary international relations agenda;
  3. be able to better comprehend and articulate their thoughts on issues of major current significance;
  4. have developed stronger research, writing and analytical skills; and
  5. be well prepared for the comprehensive education in international relations offered by the School of Politics and International Relations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Quizzes (unannounced reading quizzes) (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Midterm examination (15 minutes reading time and 90 minutes to complete the exam) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Final Examination, 2 hours (held during the formal examination period) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 34 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures (which will be recorded) and 10 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and

b) 96 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed POLS2015 or ANUC1105.

Prescribed Texts

None

Preliminary Reading

Frieden, Jeffry A., David A. Lake, & Kenneth A. Schultz. 2022. World Politics: Interests, Interactions, and Institutions. International Student Fifth edition. New York & London: W.W. Norton & Company.

Fees

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:
14
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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9022 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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