International Relations Theory (2017GIR)

International Relations Theory focuses on the theoretical frameworks used to try to explain, interpret -- and on rare occasions predict the outcomes of -- global political events and processes. Events may include the outbreak of interstate war and its cessation, humanitarian intervention, the establishment of international organizations such as the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies, and responses to threats such as global climate change. Processes could include global economic and trade integration, cultural globalization, regional integration between states, patterns of development and poverty, migration patterns and responses to them, the development of 'zones of peace' and stability, and the transformation of the international order itself. Major theoretical approaches to be examined will include neorealism, which centres on power relations and potential conflict between rival states; neoliberalism, which gives more analytical emphasis to domestic politics and processes of potentially mutually beneficial cooperation; and constructivism, which looks at the explanatory power of the norms and ideas at work in global politics. We also will consider critical and post-structural approaches, which focus more on interpreting than seeking to explain events and processes; neo-Marxist approaches, which focus on possible exploitation by powerful states; and critical theories which foreground issues of gender in global politics. We will close by examining an explicitly predictive theory concerned with the emergence of a single world state. This course is offered: Gold Coast: Trimester 2 Day Nathan: Trimester 2 Day Incompatible: 3007IBA International Relations Theory.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level

Undergraduate

Student contribution band

Band 1

Usually available

Gold Coast Trimester 2Nathan Trimester 2

Course offerings and timetables

Convenor

Key dates

Course start date
9 July 2018
Last day to add a course
22 July 2018
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
5 August 2018
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
9 September 2018

Please view the full class and additional timetable information for School of Government and International Relations

Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (41864) Open Thursday 13:00 - 15:50
Weeks 1 - 5, 6 - 12
G17 THEATRE 3
Lecture Theatres 3/4 Complex
Gold Coast Campus

Convenor

Key dates

Course start date
9 July 2018
Last day to add a course
22 July 2018
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
5 August 2018
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
9 September 2018

Please view the full class and additional timetable information for School of Government and International Relations

Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (41865) Friday 14:00 - 16:50
Weeks 1 - 5, 6 - 12
N18 THEATRE 2
Central Theatres Complex
Nathan Campus