The Emerging World (Dis)Order

Subject POLS40009 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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. If enrolments exceed 30, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment: 10
Prerequisites: Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma in Arts (Political Science) or (International Politics), or Fourth-year Honours in Political Science or International Studies, or the Master of International Politics, or the Master of International Relations.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and Internaitonal Politics at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Derek Mcdougall


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 state-based and cosmopolitan approaches in contemporary international politics, with reference to issues such as the role of the US and the major powers, the role of Islam, the UN and regional organisations, international justice and democracy, and global inequality. International disorder is approached through a study of issues such as the role of nuclear weapons, Third World conflicts and terrorism. 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.

  • have an understanding of some of the major themes in post-Cold War international politics.
  • have an understanding of a range of issues illustrating those themes.
  • have written an in-depth analysis of at least one of those themes or issues.
  • 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:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

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.
Related Course(s): Master of International Politics
Master of International Relations
Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: International Politics
International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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