The Emerging World (Dis)Order

Subject POLS40009 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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 35, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment: 10
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: 166-444 The Emerging World (Dis)Order
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.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


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.

A written essay of 3500 words (70%) due late in semester, and a critical review of 1500 words (30%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment for this subject. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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 Relations
Master of International Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point program - full time over 18 months
200 point program - full time over 24 months
International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science
Politics and International Studies

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