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PLT1031 - Introduction to International Relations

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Remy Davison


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)


Concepts of sovereignty, power, intervention, nationalism, conflict, and conflict resolution are explored in the context of such issues as human rights, refugees, war, arms control, global ecology, new world economy and the collapse of USSR. An underlying theme throughout the unit is an examination of the roles of power and morality in the conduct and analysis of international relations.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A better understanding of the relations between nation-states, regional and world actors.
  2. A better comprehension of the forces pulling towards greater globalization in international politics.
  3. An ability to present an argument in a fluent, logical and coherent way.
  4. A better understanding of the of the nature of moral judgements in the conduct and analysis of international relations.


Essay (500 words): 10%
Essay (2000 words): 30%
Tutorial participation: 10%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week