Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Is the international order undergoing a rapid transformation? If so, what are the main distinguishing features of the global power shift that we are witnessing? How do they impact upon dynamics of cooperation and conflict at the international level? In light of these trends, in what sense can international affairs be said to be ordered? POL3IPP is designed to analyse, discuss, and address these four key questions by looking at a number of crucial dynamics that are playing an increasingly central role in the international relations of the 21st century. International affairs will be analysed with reference to a number of key issues, which have emerged as central features of the new international order. This subject is developed around an innovative form of team-teaching and is aimed at offering an in-depth discussion of the responses of principal international to the challenges of contemporary international affairs.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in either ABIR or LWLINT/LWLIR and have completed both POL1SNS and POL1EEH.


Incompatible subjects POL2IPP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Relations or Bachelor of Law/International Relations. Students must have completed the first year subjects POL1SNS and POL1EEH.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Work effectively, creatively and collegially in teams, being able to verbally articulate your own and your group's findings.

Team Presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Write critical reviews that demonstrate a broad understanding of the main issues in current international politics, including energy security, the connection between globalisation and transnational crime and wider dynamics of power shift.

Essay, Mid-semester Exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Write critical reviews that demonstrate analytical engagement with the weekly required reading,

Seminar exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Seminar exercise (approximately 1000 words)25 03
Team presentation (approximately 1000 words)25 01
one 2,000-word essay50 02