POLS104 - Introduction to International Relations

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Teaching Organisation: Nil

Understanding how major international events occur and shape our lives is central to the study and practice of international relations. This unit provides a broad ranging introduction to the study of the discipline of international relations in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It concentrates initially on the major twentieth-century events (the World Wars, the nuclear age and Cold War); ideas (realism, liberalism, constructivism, and cosmopolitanism) and strategic practices (balance of power, collective security, and deterrence) that have shaped the traditional international relations agenda. The unit then engages the new agenda of the post-Cold War period, including the new international political economy of the globalisation era, the new wars, the War on Terror following 9/11, the subsequent conflicts in the Middle East, climate change, the global financial crisis, and the rise of the Asian Century. The unit concludes with a discussion of Australia’s role in a changing world. Overall, the aim of this unit is to provide students with a foundational understanding of key events, theories, and developments in international relations.