The Geopolitics of Peace and Development

Subject 121-436 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Completion of 200 points of study including at least 50 points of geography, development studies or politics.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: This subject examines the ways in which geopolitical thought shapes practices of peace and development, and the ways in which peace and development are themselves interrelated. States shape their security and development policies according to their understanding of the geography of the world and other states. It is therefore important to understand these geopolitical reasonings in order to comprehend the causes of violence and poverty and strategies for their elimination. This subject uses key texts and case studies to illustrate the interconnections between geopolitics, peace and development. Students will develop an ability to think clearly and critically about past and contemporary world affairs.
  • an understanding of the meaning of geopolitics and its influence on peace and development;
  • an understanding of the relationships between peace and development;
  • an understanding of some key theories in peace studies;
  • an understanding of some key theories in development studies;
  • an ability to critically read security and development policy.
Assessment: A 10-minute tutorial presentation 10%, an associated written tutorial paper of 1000 words 20% (due one week after the tutorial presentation), a 3000-word essay 50% (due at the end of semester) and a 20-minute tutorial presentation on the major essay 20% (due in the last week of term).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be capable of critical thinking and analysis
  • be capable of thinking in theoretical terms
  • be capable of written communication
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Development Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Geography)
Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Certificate in International Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Development Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Development Studies
Gender Studies

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