Special Topic: The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, Political Science
Taught In English
40 pts from INTP 200-299 or POLS 200-299
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
The rise of China, Japan and India is making the politics of great powers central to world politics. This course aims to analyse great power politics and international order from theoretical and historical perspectives. What is the relationship between the rise and fall of great powers, war, and the global economy? 100% internal assessment. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in POLS. See major requirements for details.
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. analyse the concept of a great power
2. examine the historical and theoretical literature on the rise and fall of the great powers
3. explain how great powers create (or fail to create) international order
4. critically analyse great power behaviour, especially as it pertains to warfare and the global economy
5. critically evaluate political arguments made by some of the leading scholars in the field
6. choose a research project, select appropriate sources, critically evaluate those sources and
synthesise them into a coherent and credible extended argument.
Participation in workshops- 10%
Assignment 1- 25%
Assignment 2- 40%
In-class test- 25%
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