International Politics

Subject 166-401 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
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 the Master of International Politics two-year program.
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.

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Assoc Prof Ralph Pettman
Subject Overview:

This course begins by discussing three contexts to the international politics of our day. The first context is the sacral one. The second context is the rationalist one. The third context is that of the global marginalized, that is, those pushed by the rationalist project to the margins of international politics. It then provides a comprehensive overview of the ways in which the rationalist project is articulated. In the process it provides a clear and comprehensive account of all the ideologies currently used by rationalists to describe, explain, and prescribe for contemporary international politics..

Assessment: Ten briefing papers of 500 words each50% (due each week during the semester, except for the first and last weeks); and an essay of 5000 words 50% (due at the end of the semester).
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 able to demonstrate competence in analytical, critical, and creative thinking through the writing of weekly briefing papers, through essay writing, and through seminar discussions;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in recognizing and critically assessing the analytical languages used to articulate modernist international politics;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and research presentations.
Related Course(s): Master of International Politics
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (International Politics)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (International Politics)

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