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Understanding International Politics (POL161)
|Organisational Unit||Global Studies|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S2
|Description||Aims to produce a critical understanding of global affairs. This unit's major assumption is that what we see as comprising 'international politics' is not determined exclusively by what is out there, but also by something in our own heads. It is the theories and concepts constructed by International Relations scholars that enable us to make sense of global affairs. Examines various theoretical approaches, including realism, liberalism, constructivism, feminism and Marxism. Explores such issues as globalisation, development, environmentalism, and the global economy.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to:
1. Discuss and explain a wide range of issues and processes in international politics
2. Differentiate various International Relations theories, such as realism, liberalism, constructivism, feminism, and critical theory
3. Explain the history of International Relations and identify its landmark debates
4. Identity and discuss major global issues, such as globalisation, modernisation, development, and global warming
5. Communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||1.5 hour lecture; 1 hour tutorial|
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is centred on improving students' critical thinking through careful reading and academic argument. The weekly required readings and associated supporting lectures are the primary resource materials through which students are presented with a range of debates in international politics and which they are guided to develop skills in interpreting and communicating. Written assessments stress the importance of understanding and presenting an argument. Students will receive, in addition to a grade, written comments on their essays.|
|Assessment||For internal students, the tasks comprise a review essay (20%), research essay (40%), tutorial participation (10%) and examination (30%).
For external students, the tasks comprise a review essay (20%), research essay (40%), and examination (40%). Students receive written feedback from their tutor on their essays.
|Previously||2014: 'Asia-Pacific in the Global System'|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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|Appears in these Minors||Global Politics
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|