Theories of World Politics
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Collect information from self-selected sources to complete a prescribed research task.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the specific theories used in the study of international relations
- Identify and analyse interconnections between international relations theory and contemporary international politics
- Demonstrate capacity to apply the major analytic and theoretical frameworks in several subfields of international relations
- Discuss theories of world politics in depth with peers.
- Liberal institutionalism
- English School theory
- World Systems Theory
- Feminist IR Theory
- Green Theory
- Indigeneity in international relations
- Middle Power Theory
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- Normative International Theory
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite 40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units) NCCW (2020 and onwards) POIR2030 Theories of World Politics
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject introduces students to the major theories of international relations, key debates that have shaped the discipline and interconnections between theory and the actual practice of international politics. International relations was founded as a distinct discipline shortly after the First World War, with the explicit goal of identifying the causes of war and peace. While war and great power conflict remain central concerns, the discipline has grappled with new challenges as de-colonisation and globalisation have created a densely interconnected global system of sovereign states. Students will engage with key themes including power, great power rivalry, nationalism, national interest, critical approaches, justice and cooperation under anarchy.
- Quizzes based on weekly readings (20%)
- Research Essay & Presentation (55%)
- Online discusssion (25%)
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