POLIS 2114 - Approaches in International Relations
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2114 Course Approaches in International Relations Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Students enrolled in Bachelor of International Relations Course Description This course aims to provide students with the tools to enhance their understanding of the increasingly complex arena of global politics. In recent years we have witnessed the rise of new powers, like China, global economic and political crises, rapid technological change, the heightened power of private actors, like corporations and philanthropic organisations, and the growth of non-state groups, such as transnational terrorist organisations. These dynamic political forces have created an increasingly diverse and unpredictable world. The course will emphasise the study of both mainstream and critical approaches in the discipline of International Relations, such as, realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism and feminism. It will also give focussed attention to normative theorising in International Relations, theories of international political economy and emerging non-Eurocentric approaches. By using the tools provided by these approaches, students will be able to make better sense of contemporary trends in global politics. In addition, by studying these approaches, students will gain awareness of the analytical assumptions that underpin policy making and policy analysis on issues of global political concern.
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Course Learning Outcomes1. Understand the key features and assumptions of mainstream and critical approaches to analysis in International Relations
2. Evaluate the strengths and weakness of main mainstream and critical approaches in International Relations
3. Apply mainstream and critical approaches to the analysis of case studies of global issues, events and policies
4. Identify and evaluate the core analytical assumptions in contemporary writings on global politics
5. Conduct independent research utilising a variety of sources
6. Undertake policy analysis of key issues in global politics with analytically coherent and substantiated arguments
7. Articulate ideas confidently, thoughtfully and respectfully
8. Work as a part of a team in the exploration of relevant 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 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
1,2,3,4,5,6,8 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
7,8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5,6,7,8 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
3,4,6,7,8 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by workshops
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.STRUCTURED LEARNING: 36 hours
1 x 1 hour lecture per week - 12 hours/semester
1 x 2 hour seminar per week - 24 hours/semester
SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: 120 hours
6 hours reading/week - 72 hours/semester
2 hours research/week - 24 hours/semester
2 hours assignment preparation/week - 24 hours/semester
TOTAL WORKLOAD: 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryWEEK LECTURE TOPIC
2 Introduction to theory
6 Special topic
9 Normative theory
10 International political economy
11 Post-western approaches
12 Special topic
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will be organized in groups of 4-6 students, tasked with discussing assigned questions within their groups and undertaking research-based activities.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
Seminar work Formative and summative 15% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Group Presentation Summative 15% 3,4,5,6,7,8
1000 word minor essay Summative 25% 1,2
2000 word policy analysis Summatie 45% 3,4,5,6,7
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
1. Seminar attendance no longer graded.
2. Group presentations - no change.
3. Minor essay - was weighted at 25%, now 30%.
4. Policy analysis - was weighted at 45%, now 55%.
Seminar work - Student engagement in group class activities 15%
Presentation - 10 minute group presentation applying theory to a case study 15%
Minor essay - Requires students to present an argument “in defense” of a mainstream theory 25%
Major essay - Requires students to explore a case-study of their choice from two different theoretical perspectives of their choice, one mainstream and one alternative theory 45%
SubmissionEssays must be submitted electronically, through Turnitin. The relevant link will be available on MyUni.
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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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