Special Topics: International Relations

Subject POLS90031 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

July, 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: This subject will run as an intensive program from 9:00am - 5:00pm on 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 July 2010.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Entry into the Master of International Relations or Master of International Politics
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Prof Robyn Eckersley


Prof. Robyn Eckersley


Subject Overview: This subject involves a study of an approved topic in international relations. It is intended that the subject assist students in broadening their understanding of international relations issues by taking advantage of an area of study offered from time to time by visiting academics. Students who complete this subject should demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied. where appropriate, have contributed effectively to the work of the seminar being attended. show a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the issues being studied. and show an awareness of the latest research directions in the particular subject.
  • be able to demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied.
  • show a good capacity to communicate research in written form.
  • have developed the analytical skills to evaluate the core issue of the subject.
  • have an awareness of the contemporary theoretical debates in the subject.
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake critical independent research.
Assessment: An essay of 5000 words, worth 100% due at the end of semester, OR, an essay of 2,500 words, worth 50% due mid-semester and an essay of 2,500 words, worth 50% due at the end of semester.
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:
  • Applying research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry.
  • Developing persuasive arguments on a given topic.
  • Communicating oral and written arguments and ideas effectively.
  • Developing cross-cultural understanding.
Related Course(s): Master of International Politics
Master of International Relations

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