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HSM4503 - International Relations

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Elizabeth Edmondson


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit provides an historical approach to the study of international relations, incorporating an array of theoretical perspectives and conceptual tools. The focus of the unit will be upon the evolution of the international political system, engaging directly with the question of inevitability of war, the nature of a balance of power and prospects for peace. Students will examine issues such as the significance of states, the meaning and scope of sovereignty, and effectiveness of international law.


pon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the main actors and structural developments in international relations
  2. Engage with key debates and identify factors in the evolution of international relations
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual and analytical models of international relations
  4. analyse relations between states
  5. Identify key international institutions
  6. Analyse state-institution relations, drawing upon relevant conceptual models


Essay 1 (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%


HSM4301 and HSM4302


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