APG5091 - Big ideas in international relations policy - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Constance Duncombe


Dr Constance Duncombe

Unit guides



  • Summer semester A 2018 (On-campus block of classes)





In this intensive, two-week unit, students synthesize and apply the knowledge acquired throughout the MIR the disciplinary perspectives, theories, and methods to big policy ideas in international relations. Students integrate and build upon what they have learned in degree while demonstrating intellectual creativity in analysing policy problems. The unit is led by a visiting international expert and the content of the unit will change based on the expert's area of interest, but may include terrorism, global governance, democratization, environmental security, trade, and other topics in international relations. The goal of the unit is to allow students to bring together the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MIR into a contemporary policy project.


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

  1. analyse and critique the application of theory to policy in international relations;
  2. critically evaluate policy reports and articles;
  3. craft sound policy recommendations for real-world international relations issues;
  4. demonstrate professional teamwork skills;
  5. communicate, orally and in writing, about key international relations topics in a professional, policy-relevant manner.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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