Understanding International Politics - 2016

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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 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (20%) , Essay 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as Asia-Pacific in the Global System.

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. It examines various theoretical approaches, including realism, idealism, constructivism, feminism and Marxism. It also explores such issues as globalisation, development, environmentalism, and the global economy.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. develop a critical understanding of, and the ability to discuss, a wide range of issues and processes in international politics
  2. develop an understanding of, and ability to discuss, the main International Relations theories, such as realism, idealism, constructivism, feminism and critical theory
  3. understand the history of International Relations and identify its landmark debates
  4. identify and discuss major global issues, such as globalisation, modernisation, development, and global warming
  5. read widely and analyse other people's works.
  • Essay 1 (20%)
  • Essay 2 (50%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

  • PTR161 — Asia-Pacific in the Global System
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Imagining an 'Asia-Pacific' region
2Politics of 'Asian values'
3Ethnic and nationalist politics
4Politics of Islam
5Democracy and capitalism
6The World Bank
7Failed and fragile states
8US hegemony
9The rise of China
10Security and the environment

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • International relations theory : A critical introduction

    By:Cynthia Weber

    ISBN: 9780415713061


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