Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The BIR induction seminars introduce incoming BIR students to the study of International Relations, prompt you to think about your own role in the world and the complex processes we study in IR, and set you up for your future IR studies. The seminars draw on innovative and engaging teaching methodologies, including an enquiry based learning team project during semester. Speakers during the seminar series include academics in the international relations and politics programs. These seminars introduce you to the academics who will be teaching you during your BIR, give you a sense of the spread of their research expertise, and get you thinking about your potential career routes post-ABIR. You will explore key themes that underpin the study of IR, including power, politics, language, conflict, cooperation, inequality, capital, change and waste. They will also give you an opportunity to work in small groups and research a current global issue that you find particularly interesting, present your findings back to the rest of the cohort, and develop study resources for your future studies. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesParticipation in seminars and seminar activities, group project, development of glossaries, blogs and online discussions

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in the ABIR or LWLINT or LZCIR


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. To understand the scope of International Relations as a discipline, and be able to engage with some of the major issues and debates that IR is concerned with
02. To develop connections and working relationships with other students enrolled in the degree, and the communications and team-work skills required for effective collaborations with them,
03. To critically engage with media representations of global events and to position them in relation to scholarly works on the same issues, and begin to develop independent analyses of those issues

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Flat floor seminar room required. Moveable

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Group enquiry-based learning (EBL) project (equivalent to 1,800 words)

N/AOtherGroupNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Blogs and online discussion (equivalent to 1,000 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Development of glossaries (equivalent to 1,200 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2