POLIS 1102 - Global Politics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to global politics, focusing in particular on its origins and historical evolution, its key concepts, major theoretical frameworks, main actors and institutions, the global architecture of power, and its dynamic nature in the process of globalisation. More specifically, the course introduces concepts of power, statecraft, diplomacy, foreign policy, political economy and international security, and examines the evolution of global politics in the 20th and 21st centuries. The course combines the study of concepts and theories with a range of questions about global politics, including: Why bother with theory? Why is the world divided in nation-states? How do institutions modify interests and interactions? Is the nation-state in decline? What is the New World (Dis)Order? Is there a Clash of Civilisations? Who governs in global governance? Why do wars occur? Is there such a thing as a just war? What are the causes of terrorism? How is the world organised economically? Is free trade the solution to global poverty? What are the main global threats of the 21st century?

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 1102
    Course Global Politics
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Relations
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible POLI 1102
    Assessment Tutorial work 20%, 2 x Class tests 20% each, Research essay 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Benito Cao

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 understand the broad history of international relations
    2 understand the key concepts and theories of global politics
    3 identify and discuss the major actors and processes of global politics
    4 think critically about the fundamental dimensions of global politics
    5 conduct independent research utilising a variety of sources
    6 critically engage with contemporary global political issues
    7 produce coherent and well substantiated arguments
    8 express ideas confidently, thoughtfully and respectfully
    9 work with others in the exploration of relevant political content
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 5, 6, 9
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 7, 8, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 4, 6, 8, 9
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 5, 6, 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook and continual access to MyUni. The textbook for this course is:

    Robert Jackson: Global Politics in the 21st century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2013).
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended resources such as additional readings, essay writing guides and referencing guidelines will be uploaded throughout the semester onto the Course Webpage located on MyUni.

    The following introductory text is also highly recommended:
    Peter Sutch and Juanita Elias: International Relations: The Basics. London and New York (2007).
    Online Learning

    MyUni will be utilised to upload additional resources, including scholarly articles, news items and video clips. Students will be encouraged to contribute to the Course Blog. Lectures will be recorded and available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is comprised primarily of lectures and tutorials. The lectures will introduce the key concepts, theories and themes, using a combination of multi-media sources (e.g. slides, videos, web-links, etc.). The tutorials will consist of small-group activities and semi-structured debates on the weekly topics.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour tutorials (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    3 hours tutorial preparation per week 36 hours per semester
    3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction to Global Politics
    Week 2 The Making of the 21st century
    Week 3 Theories of International Politics
    Week 4 The State and the Global System
    Week 5 Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs
    Week 6 Global Governance in Transition
    Week 7 The Global Politics of Identity
    Week 8 War, Terrorism and Global Conflict
    Week 9 Human Security and Human Rights
    Week 10 The Politics of Global Economics
    Week 11 Global Threats and Global Ethics
    Week 12 The Future of Global Politics
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Tutorials will include small-group activities and semi-structured discussions designed to provide students with a fulfilling 'small group discovery experience'. Students will also be encouraged to work in small groups outside the classroom, including in the research and production of some of their assignments.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcomes
    Tutorial Work Formative and Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Test (Part 1) Summative 15% 1, 2, 3
    Test (Part 2) Summative 25% 1, 2, 3
    Research Essay Formative and Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Failure to attend three or more tutorials without permission from the tutor or the course coordinator can result in the student being precluded from passing the course.

    Essays must be submitted electronically, through Turnitin. The relevant link will be available on MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial Work: Tutorials are forums for free exchange and discussion of informed opinions, that is, ideas and thoughts based on reading and reflection, as well as places for raising questions and for the exchange of relevant information. All students are expected to have read the required readings in preparation for the tutorials. Tutorials will be assessed on the basis of the depth of knowledge on the weekly topic, the quality of engagement with the weekly readings and other materials, and the attitude displayed towards the arguments and contributions of others. Tutorial work will include small-group activities. Additional guidelines will be provided during the first tutorials, in Week 1.

    Research Essay: The research essay is designed to assess the student’s ability to conduct independent research, evaluate relevant materials, and formulate a coherent, sophisticated and well-substantiated argument on one of the topics covered in the course. Students will be able to select an essay question from a list that will be posted on MyUni, or come up with their own question. Those who choose to write their own question must get approval from their tutor no less than two weeks prior to the due date. The research essay will be 1600-1800 words.

    Multiple Choice Test: The multiple-choice test will be held in two parts, the first in Week 5 and the second in Week 12. The two-part test will assess the student's knowledge of the key concepts, theories and themes explored throughout the course. The questions will be based on the material covered during the lectures and contained in the required readings.

    Important Note: essential information to complete these assignments successfully will be provided in due course in tutorials and on MyUni in the form of responses to frequently asked questions [FAQs].
    • Essays must be submitted electronically, through Turnitin. The relevant link will be available on MyUni.
    • Students must apply for extensions through the official procedure unless:
             1. The student is only requesting a short extension of two days or less. 
             2. The assessment is worth 20% or less.
             3. The student is registered with the Disability Office and has a Disability Access Plan.

    • Late essays without an extension will be penalised at the rate of 2% per day.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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