The Emerging World (Dis)Order

Subject 166-444 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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
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Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in political science or development or postgraduate coursework programs in political science.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: *
Non Allowed Subjects: *
Core Participation Requirements: *


Assoc Prof Derek McDougall
Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with an opportunity to think about some of the major issues in contemporary international politics. An underlying theme is the extent to which contemporary international politics can be seen in terms of the emergence of a new pattern of order or not. This theme is approached through an examination of various debates and issues which have been important in the post-Cold War era, for example, debates about international order and disorder; the 'clash of civilisations' and the role of Islam; the role of the United States and the emergence of multipolarity; international justice; Third World conflicts and what to do about them; global inequality; and the role of the United Nations. The impact of new developments such as September 11 and the Iraq conflict is an important focus. Students who complete this subject should have an understanding of a range of issues or themes in contemporary international politics; have written an in-depth analysis of at least one of those themes or issues; and be able to reflect more broadly on the range of themes and issues which have been raised.

Assessment: A written essay of 3500 words 70% (due late in semester) and a critical review of 1500 words 30% (due during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available for purchase.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;

  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;

  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.


Formerly available as 166-059. Students who have completed 166-059 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Media and Communications)
Master of Arts (Global Journalism)
Master of Arts (Global Media Communication)
Master of Global Media Communication
Master of International Politics
Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (International Politics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Political Science)
Postgraduate Certificate in International Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (International Politics)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Media and Communication)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Political Science)
Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies

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