International and Comparative Politics

Subject 166-502 (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 3-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the MIP One-Year Program, or the MAIP.
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:


Assoc Prof Ralph Pettman
Subject Overview:

This subject provides a comprehensive overview of the major post-war approaches and methodologies used to explain international relations and comparative world politics. It also provides a trenchant critique of these approaches and methodologies, not only within the terms set by the disciplines concerned, but also in terms of limits and distortions of the rationalist project of which these disciplines are a part.

Assessment: Ten briefing papers, one a week excepting week 1 and 12, 500 words each (5000 words), a major essay, due at the end of semester (5000 words)
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

None, but students will be strongly encouraged to purchase the reading pack produced explicitly for this subject.

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 critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of selected methods of analysis of international politics;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Related Course(s): M.A.International Politics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of Arts (Asian Societies)
Master of Arts (International Studies)(Adv. Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of International Politics
Master of International Studies

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