Undergraduate unit of study descriptions

Students should refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website sydney.edu.au/arts or to the University of Sydney's unit of study handbook (ssa.usyd.edu.au/ssa/handbook/uossearch.jsp) for the latest information regarding unit of study descriptions, assessment or other requirements. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website contains the timetabling information for units offered in 2014 (sydney.edu.au/arts/current_students/undergraduate/timetables.shtml).

GOVT - Government and International Relations

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences administers all GOVT units of study.

The units listed below below are only those listed as electives within the International Business major. For details of other Government and International Relations units not listed below, students should refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences handbook.

GOVT2221 Politics of International Economic Rels

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr John Mikler Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: 2500wd essay (40%) and 2hr exam (30%) and 1000wd tutorial presentation (20%) and participation (10%)
This unit provides an overview of four major theoretical approaches to international political economy and how these apply to understanding the practice of international economic relations. These theories are: economic nationalism, liberalism, neo-Marxism and poststructuralism. The unit analyses the theory and practice of economic relations by and between states, by focussing in particular on relations between the developed and developing world. It applies each of the four main theories to developing country regions. In this way students also become acquainted with the theory and practice of economic development.
GOVT2225 International Security in 21st Century

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Gil Merom Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: 2500wd essay (40%) and 2hr exam (40%) and tutorial participation (20%)
This unit introduces the theoretical foundations, essential concepts and central issues in the field of international security. It provides students with analytical tools to understand and participate in current debates concerning security and threats. The first part of the unit provides an introduction to the theoretical interpretations of international security. The second part discusses security phenomena, problems and strategies, including the coercive use of force, deterrence, guerrilla and counterinsurgency, nuclear stability, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, crisis management, arms races and disarmament, security cooperation and security regimes. The discussion in this part includes a critical review of the dilemmas, strategies, and solutions in each of the issue areas.