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PL2153 - International Politics and Foreign Relations

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject introduces students to two key areas of world politics: political/security relations, and international political economy. More particularly, it focuses on why and how countries enter conflict or develop cooperation with one another. Within the broader scope of the main foci in international relations, students will also learn about foreign policy making and diplomacy, military force build-up and humanitarian intervention, peace building and preventive diplomacy, international aspects of human rights, international development, environmental degradation, and international migration and refugees. Historical as well as recent cases of conflict and cooperation will be discussed. These will include military, political, and economic conflict and cooperation among various countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Key and foundational concepts and theories in international relations will be introduced, such as realism, liberalism, the national interest, and globalisation and global governance. Within the context of global governance, students will learn about important roles played international organizations (eg the UN), regional organisations (eg ASEAN), and international non-government organisations (eg Amnesty International) to arrest conflict and promote international cooperation.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop students' critical thinking and skills in research and writing appropriate to the discipline of political science;
  • enhance students' awareness of Australia's role in the international community;
  • introduce students in a systematic and analytical way to understanding conflictual and cooperative relations among nation states;
  • provide introductory conceptual tools so that students can better understand and critically analyse international relations.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PL3153 PL5153

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Anna Hayes
Lecturers: Dr Maxine Newlands, Dr Anna Hayes.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
    Assessment: essays (35%); assignments (25%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

    External, Study Period 2
    Census Date 29-Aug-2019
    Coordinator: Dr Anna Hayes
    Lecturers: Dr Maxine Newlands, Dr Anna Hayes.
    Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU and Printed materials
    Assessment: essays (35%); assignments (25%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
    Census Date 29-Aug-2019
    Coordinator: Dr Anna Hayes
    Lecturers: Dr Maxine Newlands, Dr Anna Hayes.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 12 hours tutorials
      Assessment: essays (35%); assignments (25%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

      Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.