ATS3266 - International relations field unit - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Maria Rost Rublee


Associate Professor Maria Rost Rublee

Unit guides



  • Term 3 2019 (Flexible)


Completion of a minor sequence in International relations

Or minor sequence in Politics



This unit comprises a two-week stay in overseas locations, which may vary from year to year. It aims to provide an intensive study tour of a selected major city, allowing students to visit complex international public policy-making in major global governance institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and leading think tanks, as well as hear from practitioners of international relations. Students will learn about the objectives, policy practices and ethical, legal and financial obligations of a range of institutions operating in the city area. Visits may include international finance and banking institutions, international organisations focused on security, development and/or the environment, international NGOs, and federal political organisations and institutions.


  1. Students who complete this unit successfully will gain first-hand experience of the work undertaken by policy makers and key institutions in Washington, D.C, USA;
  2. Students will develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges associated with the formulation of international public policy;
  3. Students will become acquainted with the structures and processes of contemporary global governance;
  4. Students will comprehend the nature of international public policy research and reporting;
  5. Students will gain an understanding of the social, cross-cultural and ethical objectives and implications associated with international public policy implementation.


Within semester assessment: 75%

Exam: 25%

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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Off-campus attendance requirements

Intensive study tour in Washington D.C, USA

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study