AIR242 - Key Concepts in International Relations

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Scott Burchill

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

AIR342

Contact hours:

Campus:1 x 1-hour Class per week, 1 x 1-hour Seminar per week
Cloud (online): 1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided) and 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Content

The nature and purpose of the study of international relations is now widely contested. This is reflected in the diversification of theoretical approaches in the field. Conventional perspectives (realism, neorealism), once largely unchallenged, now face both reformist (liberalism, rationalism) and critical (Marxism, postmodernism) rivals. This unit focuses on the evolution of international thought last century by concentrating on the debates and disputes between competing intellectual perspectives. The approaches of various theoretical traditions to the central actors and issues in global politics-such as human rights, war, sovereignty, markets and the environment are a central focus of the unit.

Assessment

Essay, 60%

Exam, 40%

Unit Fee Information

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