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International Politics (INTS10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeINTS10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with an introduction to the actors, institutions, dynamics and key debates that make up contemporary international politics. It equips students to 'go behind the news' of world affairs and understand the deeper structural and political changes and challenges confronting states, citizens and non-state actors in our increasingly interconnected world. Topics covered include the changing nature of war; terrorism; nuclear proliferation; great power rivalry; and the roles of the EU, the US, China and India in international politics; human rights; humanitarian intervention; trade liberalisation and its critics; global inequality; climate change; and the refugee crisis. The topics will be used to demonstrate the relevance of competing theories of international politics, including realism, liberalism and critical theories (such as Marxism and feminism).

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of diverse concepts and theories in international politics, including the mainstream theoretical perspectives in the academic discipline of international relations
  • Critically apply concepts and theories used in the study of international politics to a range of key empirical issues and debates, and identify the key interests, ideas and institutions in changing contexts.
  • Recognise and analyse the major debates in international politics, such as the roles of states, international organisations and other actors; the key sources of insecurity; interpretations of power; and the causes of and responses to structural and political challenges in the world today.
  • Identify the ways in which the scope of the study of international politics has broadened over time to include a range of actors and contemporary issues, in an increasingly interconnected world.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • An essay of 750 words (20%) due mid-semester.
  • An essay of 1750 (45%) due towards the end of semester.
  • A take home exam of 1500 words (35%) held during the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorsDaniel Mccarthy and Carla Winston
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours35 Contact Hours: 2 x one hour lectures and 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks. No tutorials in Week 1.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 11 October 2019