Understanding International Politics
Chip away at the issues and relationships that define contemporary global affairs. Examine the global role of capitalism and democracy. Apply idealistic, constructivist, Marxist and feminist thinking to your research about international relations.
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- 31 May 2021
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- Discuss and explain a wide range of issues and processes in international politics
- Differentiate various International Relations theories, such as realism, idealism, constructivism, feminism, and critical theory
- Explain the history of International Relations and identify its landmark debates
- Identity and discuss major global issues, such as globalisation, modernisation, development, and global warming
- Communicate clearly and coherently in writing
- Introduction – Nature of International Relations
- Realism, war and power politics
- Liberalism, peace and cooperation
- Constructivism, identity and interests
- Feminism, gender and global change
- Understanding globalisation
- Marxism, critical theory and the global economy
- Modernisation and development
- Environmentalism and climate change
- Popular dissent and anarchism?
- Eclecticism: Can we operate above paradigms?
- How International Relations theories make sense of the world
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MUR-PTR161 (Not currently available)
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as Asia-Pacific in the Global System.
Aims to produce a critical understanding of global affairs. This subject'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, idealism, constructivism, feminism and Marxism. Explores such issues as globalisation, development, environmentalism, and the global economy.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Essay 1 (20%)
- Essay 2 (50%)
- Open book timed online exam (30%)
Current study term: 30 May 21 to 29 Aug 21
An Introduction to International Relations 3rd Ed.
Richard Devetak, Jim George and Sarah Percy