Special Topic: The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topic: The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 pts from INTP 200-299 or POLS 200-299

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

    Learning Objectives
    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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