A Postcolonial International Relations?

Subject 166-497 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - 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: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma in Political Science or International Politics, or Fourth-year Honours in International Studies or Political Science, or the Master of International Politics.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Phillip George Cavel Darby


Assoc. Prof. Phillip Darby
Subject Overview: This subject introduces major postcolonial concerns such as the ethnocentricism of the Euro-Atlantic international system, the need to elevate Third World interests and perspectives, the appropriateness of universal prescriptions such as democratisation and neoliberalism, the making and unmaking of nations, ethnicity and violence, and questions about resource distribution. In parallel, it examines disciplinary international relations to see how far such concerns are presently addressed or might be addressed without foundational change. It also raises the possibility of whether, instead of staying within the confines of international relations, we would do better to range more widely and take in other discourses about the international such as globalisation and development. On completion of the subject, students should have an imaginative understanding of the issues at stake, and be able to decide for themselves how these might best be pursued in the context of contending knowledge formations.
  • be able to relate postcolonial concerns to disciplinary international relations;
  • be able to evaluate the argument that international relations is fundamentally Eurocentric;
  • be able to engage with grassroots approaches to the international such as Subaltern Studies;
  • be able to identify potential points of connection between critical security studies and postcolonialism;
  • be in a position to take postcolonialism in new and exciting directions;
  • be ready to commence research for a postgraduate thesis in international politics.
Assessment: A class paper of 1000 words (25%) and a research paper of 4000 words (75%)
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Formerly available as 166-543 and 166-497. Students who have completed 166-543 or 166-497 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of International Politics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: International Politics
International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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