Introduction to Global Politics - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2 , Sem3
  • Assessment: Draft Plan - Draft Essay plan (20%) , Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as PLT120 Introduction to Global Politics.

As dramatic events such as the uprisings in the Arab world and the “Occupy” movement unfold, there is every possibility that we are entering into a new era. In this context, old ways of examining international politics may need rethinking. This unit begins this process by introducing students to the key issues, institutions, ideas and structures that are at the forefront of the changes that are reshaping the world we live in. Topics range from the historical and contemporary setting of global politics to what is the global and who determines how global politics is understood. Knowledge, power relations, interests, centre-periphery, global political economy and resistance are all key subjects that will be discussed in length in this program of study that aims to give students the foundations on which to base an understanding of global politics and the tools necessary for undertaking a major in Politics and International Relations.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. demonstrate awareness of the complexity of world politics
  2. develop critical skills
  3. demonstrate evidence of research and analytical ability
  4. empowering students to think in terms of solutions to Global Problems.
  • Draft Plan — Draft Essay plan (20%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Participation (15%)
  • Quiz — Week 4 Quiz (10%)
  • Quiz 1 — Week 8 Quiz (15%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PLT120 — Introduction to Global Politics

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1An introduction to Theories of Global Politics
2Theory and History of International Relations
3Knowledge/Power: International Relations as an American Social Science
4International Relations from the Peripheries: Contesting Anglo-American IR
5Security and Insecurity in Global Politics
6Human Security, Intervention and R2P
7Essay Writing Research Skills
8The Global Politics of the Rise of China
9The Global Politics of Climate Change
10International Political Economy
11International Institutions
12Neoliberalism, the GC and Global Politics
13Culture and Global Politics
14Democracy and the Contemporary Global Order
15Contemporary Resistance and Revolutions
16Beyond IR, What can we do to save the world?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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