UQ: Conceptions of World Politics

Subject POLS20030 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Online classes from March to June through the University of Queensland. This subject is only available online.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Admission into the D-GLOBISS Diploma in Global Issues or 777CC Certificate in Global Issues.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability
Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage
Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course
Objectives and Generic Skills 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
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U21 International Programs Coordinator
Melbourne Global Mobility
Level 1, Old Geology Building
Email: u21-gip@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 3849

Subject Overview:

The principal purpose of this course is to introduce students to the various theoretical approaches to the study of world politics. The subject matter of international political theory – who gets what, when, where and how on a global scale – is open to a number of contrasting interpretations. The course therefore helps students critically engage with the ways in which ideas shape the practices of global politics. The course examines rival paradigms such as realism, liberalism, constructivism and feminism, as well as key concepts such as power, the international system, the state, anarchy, sovereignty, security, governance and norms.


After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

1. Understand different ways of thinking about international politics.
2. Apply different traditions of thinking to the examination of practical dilemmas in world politics.
3. Demonstrate enhanced skills in verbal communication.
4. Demonstrate enhanced skills in written communication.


Participation in a weekly blog, a written research assignment and a take-home exam.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outbound/u21/gip/index.html
Related Course(s): U21 Certificate in Global Issues
U21 Diploma in Global Issues

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