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International Relations Theory (POLS90028)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOLS90028
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This subject provides an advanced introduction to the major theories of International Relations and their influence on international affairs. Students will be introduced to mainstream approaches like realism / neo-realism, liberal internationalism / neoliberal institutionalism, and critical and normative approaches to international theory. The subject will also explore how different theories of International Relations have shaped contemporary debates and practices in international affairs, including the role of power and morality, the role of international institutions, and practices of inclusion and exclusion.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • demonstrate a familiarity with the major theoretical perspectives in world politics;
  • understand the major points of disagreement between these perspectives;
  • be able to relate the theoretical debates about world politics to practical problems and issues.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively;
  • develop cross-cultural understanding.

Last updated: 23 January 2019