POLIS 3108 - International Relations Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 3108 Course International Relations Practice Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to BIntRel students only Course Description This capstone course for the Bachelor of International Relations introduces students to structured academic research methods and practice in selected areas of international studies. First, it aims at developing students' advanced research skills through the examination of research methodologies and academic writing skills, as well as the exploration of ethical and intercultural issues that may arise in the course of a scholarly research. Second, it engages students in critical discussions regarding research methods and conceptual approaches through four case studies: invited academics will share with students their research skills by presenting their own research projects, including these projects' design, methodology, theoretical framework and larger significance. Third, during the second part of the course students will undertake a significant research project on a self-chosen topic and, at the end of the course, join a student conference in order to present and discuss their research findings to and with their classmates.
Course Coordinator: Dr Priya ChackoCourse Coordinator: Dr. Priya Chacko
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Recognize key methodologies to the study of International Relations 2 Constructively critique published research 3 Develop high-level research skills in International Relations 4 Research issues in International Relations in an in-depth manner 5 Recognise common ethical problems which may arise during the research process and develop appropriate strategies to cope with them 6 Write a substantial and coherent research essay informed by appropriate theory and methodology 7 Participate in group discussions and communicate their research findings 8 Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice, including lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigour, self-direction and intellectual independence 9 Navigate the large amounts of research material through both traditional academic sources and through the use of information technology
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesCourse readings will be made available online.
Online LearningThe MyUni site contains announcements, course readings, seminar notes, an online discussion forum, and links to useful websites. You should check this site regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSeminars will focus on problem-solving and enhancing students’ academic literacies and research methods through workshops with academic practitioners.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
6 x 2 hours seminars/workshops 12 hours per semester 5 hours assignment preparation for 6 weeks 30 hours per semester 20 hours research project preparation per week 240 hours per semester Conference preparation, presentation and participation 32 hours per semester Total: 314 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction to academic research in International Relations Week 2 Literature review Week 3 Methodology Week 4 Workshop 1 Week 5 Workshop 2 Week 6 Workshop 3 Week 7 Individual research + consultations Week 8 Individual research + consultations Week 9 Individual research + consultations Week 10 Individual research + consultations Week 11 Individual research + consultations Week 12 Research conference
Specific Course RequirementsNA
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting 1,000 word research proposal Summative 20% 5,000 research essay Summative 65% Conference presentation Summative 15%
Assessment Detail5,000 word research project on a self-chosen topic – 65% weighting
1,000 word research proposal on a self-chosen topic - 20% weighting
Conference presentation (communication of research findings) - 15% weighting
SubmissionFor submission details, refer to the Course Guide
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
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