Dilemmas in International Relations
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThe twenty-first century is more than a decade old. Whilst it is in its early stages, it is natural to want to know how it compares with the last century and how it will look in the future. How will relations between states and other entities change? What forces are likely to emerge? Where will the world's most serious troubles occur? This course explores these questions by examining a series of case studies that illustrate the political challanges of the new century. Cases such as continuing terrorism, the fate of Israel and the Palestinians, the direction of China, and global warming are used to represent real-world problems confronting the international system.Course IntroductionWelcome to Dilemmas in International Relations. This course provides an examination of key problems in the international system, and how they manifest themselves through a variety of case studies.Course AimsThis course provides students with knowledge about key contemporary challenges confronting the international system. These challenges are analysed through a series of case studies. Each case study illuminates important principles operating within the international system and exemplifies important concerns in the contemporary environment.The course has introduced students to the following challenges: terrorism, the rise of China as a great power, intervention and changes to state sovereignty, human rights, and energy security Material covered will familiarise students with the origins, dynamics and diplomatic problems of responding to each contemporary challenge.This course also aims to further the development of tertiary level skills in problem identification, critical thinking, research and writing.Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1. HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF1.1 key changes to the international system since the end of the Cold War1.2 the challenges faced by conflict management devices in attempting to 'manage' international relations, such as international law, diplomacy, and international organizations2. HAVE DEVELOPED THE ABILITY2.1 to critically analyse issues, events and problems in international relations2.2 to research, develop and present their analyses in written and oral formats
Weighting/Marked out of
Exam - selected response
Multiple Choice Exam
Assignment - Written Assignment
Exam - constructed response
End of Semester Exam
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