AIR753 - Regionalism in International Politics


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

D305 students must have passed 24 credit points of study at levels 1, 2 & 3 with a minimum WAM of 60%, otherwise Nil



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2-hour seminar per week (recordings provided)


Many important policy decisions are now made at the regional levels. The rise of regionalisms poses challenges, but also brings new opportunities for policymakers. Decision makers are now required to balance regional and national interests and to reassess economic, political and strategic policies and priorities in the context of changing regional dynamics. This unit examines these dynamics and explores the theory and practice of regionalism in international relations. It helps students gain systematic understanding of the impact of regionalism in international governance and national policymaking. We begin by examining the theoretical approaches to regionalism by focusing on realism, liberalism and constructivism. We will then assess the development of regional conflicts and cooperation in three main areas: economics, politics and security. To illustrate the key issues involved in these areas, the unit will focus on regional politics in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and examine the ways key regional organisations and groups influence regional, international and national policies. By focusing on different regions, this course will also help students understand comparative politics in international relations.

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