International Relations from 1945

Subject 131-553 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to a coursework masters program. Fourth-year honours or postgraduate diploma students may take this subject with permission from the postgraduate coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Barbara Keys
Subject Overview:

This subject combines historical and theoretical analysis of topics in international relations from the end of World War II to the "war on terror". Topics examined may include how policymakers apply the "lessons" of history; the causes and consequences of wars; the role of international organizations and non-state actors; and transnational cultural, environmental, and economic flows. We look at how the political, military, economic, and cultural dimensions of international relations have changed since World War II, and examine key events such as the Cold War and key developments such as the rise of human rights.

Assessment: Two 1000 word assignments 25% each (due over the course of the semester), a 3000 word assignment 50% (due at the end of semester). Students must attend the seminars to be eligible for assessment.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be competent in use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;
  • be able to think critically and analyse recommended reading, be competent in essay writing and seminar discussion, and be able to determine the strength of an argument;
  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts through the contextualisation of judgments.
Related Course(s): Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (History)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History)

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