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PL2153 - International Relations and Foreign Policy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

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

  • create awareness among students about the extent to which they may, as individuals, impact on international events;
  • 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 analyze international relations.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PL3153 PL5153

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Surin Maisrikrod.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (50%).

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Surin Maisrikrod.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandPrinted materials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignments (60%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Surin Maisrikrod.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (50%).

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.