INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: PAST AND PRESENT
Credit points: 15
This introductory subject provides an overview of the major historical developments since the birth of the discipline of International Relations (IR) at the beginning of the 20th century. It focuses on surveying the major events that have shaped the international system, tracking the significant power shifts that have occurred during each period, and the theories that have been developed in response to this changing context. Topics include: the World Wars; post-War II construction of global institutions; the Cold War; decolonisation; post-Cold War globalisation; the 'war on terror'; humanitarian intervention; the Great Recession; and American decline and rising powers. Students will gain a comprehensive overview of the historical debates that have shaped the discipline of IR and an appreciation of the historical roots of contemporary international politics.
SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HUSS Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree or through subject coordinator's approval.
Incompatible subjects POL4CIR; POL5CIR
Special conditions Core subject for the Master of International Relations (AMIRL/AMIRS), Graduate Diploma of International Relations(AGIR) and Graduate Certificate of International Relations (ACIR)
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||International Relations Since 1945: A Global History||Recommended||Young, J.W and Kent, J. (2013) 2nd edition||Oxford University Press|
|Readings||Introduction to International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives||Recommended||Grieco, J., Ikenberry, G.J. and Mastanduno (2015)||Palgrave Macmillan|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Students will have extensive knowledge of key historical periods that shape contemporary international relations.
- Seminar participation; Weekly Blog Posts; Historical Brief
02. Students will use their advanced knowledge to critically analyse texts about the history of international relations
- Weekly Blog Posts
03. Students will design and execute a substantial research project that provides a historical background to an institution or issue in International Relations.
- Historical Brief
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Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
|Weekly Blog Posts (2500 words)||50||01, 02|
|Historical Brief (2500 words)||50||01, 03|