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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Carolyn Johnstone



  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


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.


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

  1. identify the main actors and structural developments in international relations and describe their roles in contemporary international relations;
  2. engage with key debates and identify factors in the evolution of models and practice in international relations;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of conceptual and analytical models of international relations;
  4. analyse relations between states;
  5. identify key international institutions; and,
  6. analyse state-institution relations, drawing upon relevant conceptual models.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


ATS1312 or HPL1503 and ATS1898 or HPL1504, or equivalent


GSC3503, GSC4503, HPL3503, HPL4503, ATS2570