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  • The French RevolutionHIST20068

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    In 1789 huge numbers of French peasants, urban workers and middle-class people successfully rebelled against absolute monarchy and the privileges of the nobility. But the struggle over what social and political system should replace the 'Old Regime' was to divide French people and finally the who...

  • Controversies in Australian HistoryHIST30064

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject examines controversial episodes in the Australian past that commanded public attention, gave rise to heated argument and exposed national divisions. Controversies such as the Myall Creek Massacre, the Eureka rising, the campaign for female suffrage, the conscription referenda in Worl...

  • Cold War Cultures in AsiaHIST30066

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject explores how the Cold War shaped culture and ideology in Asia, and how Asian cultural and ideological production influenced the global Cold War. Employing multiple approaches to studying the Cold War, you will examine case studies from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia: China’s ...

  • USA and the WorldHIST30065

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    The subject examines the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world in the 20th century. The subject explores America's rise to global power, the ideological foundations of U.S. foreign policy, and how, why, and with what effects the United States has exercised its power. We...

  • Public Affairs InternshipPOLS30003

    Offered:Semester 1, Semester 2Year:2019Quotas apply

    In this subject students will have active experience working for a senior person with a policy-making and / or management role in the organisation in which they are placed. The central task will be to complete a policy report or professional portfolio of relevance to the organisation. Academic su...

  • Politics & International Thesis Part 1POLS40021

    Offered:Semester 1, Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject involves a supervised thesis of 15,000 words, embodying the results of the student's own research.

  • Social Science Research SeminarPOLS40013


    This subject is designed to develop research skills for students planning and writing research theses in the School of Social and Political Sciences. The subject explores contemporary research strategies, differing methodological approaches to social research, the relationship of theory and resea...

  • Business and GovernmentPOLS90015

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019Quotas apply

    The respective roles, responsibilities and sources of power characterizing relationships between business and government play a crucial role in shaping public policy and regulation, within and between countries. Because of its productive function, business often enjoys a privileged position with ...

  • International SecurityPOLS90022


    This subject provides students with a critical understanding of the changing concepts and practices of security in a globalised and dynamic world. The subject contrasts traditional state-centric, military based, and external-oriented national security thinking and policy with non-traditional, cri...

  • International Relations TheoryPOLS90028


    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 n...

  • International Relations InternshipPOLS90009

    Offered:Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2Year:2019

    In this subject students will be placed in an organisation which either analyses or formulates and implements policy in relation to international affairs. The range of organisations relevant to the internship is broad: international organisations, government departments, non-government organisati...

  • Global Campaigning: NGOs and MovementsPOLS90041

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    The vigorous presence of non-governmental organisations and of social movements is one of the most striking features of contemporary international politics. What is the nature of these actors? What is their significance? And how do they attempt to win their demands? This subject explores the grow...

  • UQ: Global SecurityPOLS20032

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This course examines security in international relations. We examine debates about the meaning of security in international relations and debates about the role, origins and changing nature of warfare in the international system. We then explore key global security dynamics ranging from the arms ...

  • Global Environmental PoliticsPOLS30022

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject provides a comprehensive and critical introduction to global environmental politics. It introduces the ethical, political and institutional challenges raised by the global environmental crisis and the key policy and institutional responses. The subject critically explores the environ...

  • Introduction to Political IdeasPOLS10003

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    An accessible survey of some of the most important concepts and ideas in political thinking, with particular attention to the major traditions of Western political thought from Machiavelli to 20th century political theory. Emphasis will be on such core concepts as sovereignty, power, liberty, dem...

  • Historical Themes in Australian PoliticsHIST90032


    These seminars will examine some of the principal features of the Australian political system, their genesis and effects, and the ways that students of Australian political history have engaged with them. The topics include the origins of democracy in Australia, the forms of state activity, the n...

  • The Long History of GlobalisationHIST40037

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    It is a commonplace that we live in globalised world. But what does this mean in theory and in practice? How did we get to this point? And how do we interpret the processes that underpin our global world? This subject examines the origins of the interconnected global paradigm from its origins in ...

  • American History from JFK to TrumpHIST20071

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    Covering the most significant issues and debates in American history since 1945, but with emphasis on the period since 1960, this subject aims to develop a deeper understanding of American political and social controversies that remain relevant today. It charts key developments: from McCarthyism ...

  • Rebels and RevolutionariesHIST20065

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    Rebels and revolutionaries make history. How do they do so? And with what consequences? This subject surveys the modern history of rebellion over more than 200 years. It is structured around the career of significant rebels, from Lenin to Gandhi, from the Suffragettes to Julian Assange. Attention...

  • Modern European History 1789 to 1914HIST20069

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject offers an introduction to modern European history from the French Revolution to the beginning of World War One. It outlines the key events, movements and ideologies that have shaped the modern world, including the Industrial Revolution, the Romantic movement, and the rise of national...