World Politics (GOVT1202)


This unit introduces the core content of the field of international relations. The first part of the unit presents the realist, liberal, Marxist and constructivist paradigms of international relations. The second part of the unit discusses the key actors and processes political scientists define in the field, including the state, decision makers, bureaucratic organisations, and classes. The final part of the unit focuses on international security, international political economy, and global problems.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week or equivalent intensive


1x450wd Case Essay (10%), 1x1600wd Essay (35%), 1x2hr Examination (40%), Tutorial participation (15%)

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