ATS1873 - Introduction to international relations - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Benjamin MacQueen


Associate Professor Benjamin MacQueen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)





Introduction to the major traditions of international relations theory, including classical and structural realism, neoliberalism, British rationalism, cosmopolitanism, and Marxism. Critiques, especially those offered by critical theorists, poststructualists, and feminists. Historical and contemporary events, developments and issues in international relations.


  1. Recognise, interpret and analyse traditional and critical theoretical perspectives, and conventional and alternative concepts in the study of International Relations across its four subfields (security studies, international political economy, foreign policy and global governance).
  2. Comprehend and engage constructively with current affairs, scholarly articles and books in the field of International Relations, and place them in an appropriate theoretical and empirical context.
  3. Apply these theoretical perspectives and concepts to illuminate and examine a new or existing problem in the study of International Relations
  4. Communicate orally, and in writing, using clear and persuasive language appropriate for an international academic community.


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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