THEORIES OF WORLD POLITICS

POL5TWP

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides foundational knowledge and skills concerning the major approaches to International Relations (IR) theory for postgraduate coursework students. The subject first explores the purpose and history of IR theory and then examines the following approaches: liberalism; realism; the 'English School'; constructivism; Marxist approaches; critical theory and post-structuralism; post-colonialism; feminist theory and green theory. Students critically analyse the central ideas associated with each theoretical approach, the major proponents of each theory, and the historical and political factors which have given rise to each approach.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLecture presentations and tutorial discussion activities; research essay, take-home exam.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of International Relations or nested degrees

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsPOL3TWP OR POL2TWP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversityition

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorTim Dunne et al

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOxford University Press

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Understand and critically analyse the main ideas and claims of each of the approaches to International Relations (IR theory
02. Understand how IR theories have emerged in response to changing intellectual, political and economic circumstances.
03. Apply IR theories and research skills to construct arguments about contemporary world politics.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 42
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Mid-semester Exam (1500 word equivalent)In-class exam consisting of extended answers to a list of questions

N/AN/AN/ANo35 SILO1, SILO2

Research Essay (3000 words)Students are required to research and write an essay in response to a question set by the subject coordinator.

N/AN/AN/ANo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3