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Faculty Of Humanities & Social Sciences

POL1SNS, 2013

Subject Code:POL1SNS
Subject Short Title:STATES, SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Credit Points:15
Special Conditions:Core subject at first-year level for the International Relations major in the Bachelor of Arts (ABA); core subject for the Bachelor of International Relations (ABIR)
Subject Description:This first year subject is designed to introduce students to the main security issues in contemporary international relations. It is divided into four main parts: In Part A we explore the historical context of international relations, focussing on the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. Part B provides students with the conceptual building blocks that underpin international relations, including key ideas like sovereignty and the nation-state. In Part C we focus on the traditional issues of inter-state relations and violent conflict, exploring debates concerning great power rivalry, contemporary terrorism, the changing character of war, and WMD proliferation. Finally, Part D explores new security challenges in the contemporary world, including the concept of human security, refugee protection, climate change and humanitarian intervention. These new challenges force us to re-examine the sources of insecurity in the world today.
Work Experience Indicator:Student is not undertaking work experience in industry
Available to 'Study Abroad' students:Y

Assessment:

Assessment Type%Comments
Tutorial Short Answer Tests to be conducted in tutorials 2-6 (equivalent to 500 words)15
One 2000-word Research Essay50
One 1500-word Take-home Exam35

Readings:

Reading TypeTitleAuthorPublisher
PrescribedGlobal PoliticsHeywood, A.Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
RecommendedThe Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International RelationsBaylis, J., Smith, S. and Owens P. (eds)4th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
RecommendedAn Introduction to International Relations: Australian Perspectives Devetak, R., Burke, A. and George, J. (eds)Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Subject Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Symons

Class Requirement
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Semester 1, Day. Dr Jonathan Symons (J.Symons@latrobe.edu.au)
One 1-hour Lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 1-hour Lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 1-hour Tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 23 and delivered via blended mode.