Credit points: 15

Subject outline

How does transformational change impact upon dynamics of cooperation and conflict at the international level? In what sense can international affairs be said to be ordered and what place do we have in managing disorder? POL3IPP is designed to analyse and engage with these key questions by collaboratively reviewing crucial dynamics that are playing an increasingly central role in the international relations of the 21st century. International affairs will be analysed through case studies that lend themselves to the study of challenges and potential solutions to them. IPP is developed around an innovative form of enquiry based learning (EBL) that aims to engage students closely with their learning, and the focus on developing solutions will expose them to this distinctive aspect of the core business of graduates seeking to operate in international arenas. Through EBL students will work together to develop the curriculum and lead discussion of case studies that can be used to build our understanding of the nature of change and how to best manage it. This subject also addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential .

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesCurriculum design, weekly seminar exercises, group presentation, essay.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in either ABIR, LZCIR or LWLINT/LWLIR and have completed POL1SNS or must be enrolled in AMIRL. AMIRL students do not need to have completed POL1SNS.


Incompatible subjectsPOL2IPP

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 - Creativity and Innovation
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. Apply advanced literacy in relation to international relations concepts and their application to real world situations. Therefore in their research, written assessments and seminar participation students will demonstrate analytical engagement with key challenges in current international affairs and wider dynamics of power shift(sand the theoretical perspectives that explain and contextualise their significance;
02. Encourage an informed and critical understanding of international challenges and opportunities. Therefore in their research, written assessments and seminar participation students will demonstrate a critical understanding of current challenges in international affairs and propose innovative solutions to them;
03. Extend capacity to synthesise theory and practice in international affairs. Therefore in their research, written assessments and seminar participation students will demonstrate a nuanced awareness of the diversity in debates over current issues in international affairs; causes, contexts and potential solutions. Students will move beyond passively reviewing order and disorder to proposing solutions based on new ideas and adaptations of existing innovative approaches to dynamic change.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Class requirements

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Weekly seminar exercises (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Curriculum design and group presentation (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

2,000-word research essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3