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GOVT2901: Contemp Issues in Pols and Int Relations II

This unit explores many of the most pressing contemporary issues in politics and international relations. As the world changes, so too do the topics covered in the unit. However, you can explore current conflicts, major geopolitical tensions such as exist between China and the USA, policy challenges in relation to artificial intelligence or education, and much more. Each lecture will be delivered by an expert on the topic. The unit also has a strong practical focus. Groups will perform a mock-negotiation in which each student plays a stakeholder within a particular problem; problems range from tensions in the South China Sea to contentious World Bank-funded projects.

Code GOVT2901
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in GOVT and a minimum of 36 credit points

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate disciplinary expertise in international security, international political economy, international law, and international organisations
  • LO2. demonstrate and apply a deeper understanding of the theories and methods used in the study of international relations
  • LO3. identify the ethical dilemmas confronting policy makers in the international system as well as evaluate the role played by culture, religion and identity in shaping international relations
  • LO4. construct a reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement
  • LO5. analyse the use and value of primary research in the discipline of international relations
  • LO6. compare different understandings of global political events and assess the merits of them using relevant evidence
  • LO7. draw information from basic sources, including digital sources, to provide evidence in support of their arguments about politics.