STATES, SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

POL1SNS

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This first year subject is designed to introduce students to the main security issues in contemporary international relations. It is divided into four main parts: In Part A we explore the historical context of international relations, focussing on the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. Part B provides students with the conceptual building blocks that underpin international relations, including key ideas like sovereignty and the nation-state. In Part C we focus on the traditional issues of inter-state relations and violent conflict, exploring debates concerning great power rivalry, contemporary terrorism, the changing character of war, and WMD proliferation. Finally, Part D explores new security challenges in the contemporary world, including the concept of human security, refugee protection, climate change and humanitarian intervention. These new challenges force us to re-examine the sources of insecurity in the world today.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level for the International Relations major in the Bachelor of Arts (ABA); core subject for the Bachelor of International Relations (ABIR)

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGlobal PoliticsPrescribedHeywood, A.BASINGSTOKE, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 2011.
ReadingsAn Introduction to International Relations: Australian PerspectivesRecommendedDevetak, R., Burke, A. and George, J. (eds)CAMBRIDGE: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2007.
ReadingsThe Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International RelationsRecommendedBaylis, J., Smith, S. and Owens P. (eds)4TH EDITION, OXFORD: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2008.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Written work that demonstrates a broad understanding and critical evaluation of the main challenges posed by globalisation and new perspectives on security

Activities:
Take-home Exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Written work that demonstrates a broad understanding and critical evaluation of the major debates and policy implications of traditional security issues that centre on interstate relations and violent conflict

Activities:
Research Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Written work that demonstrates a broad understanding of the basic conceptual building blocks of international relations and an ability to apply them to practical problems

Activities:
Event brief, Research Essay, Take-home Exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

04. Written work that demonstrates a broad understanding of the main security issues in international relations and the historical context in which they have developed

Activities:
Event brief, Research Essay, Take-home Exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500-word Take-home Exam35 01, 03, 04
One 2000-word Research Essay50 02, 03, 04
Tutorial Quizzes (600 words equivalent)15 03, 04