UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

POLS5661 Foundations of International Relations

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines the theoretical foundations of the discipline of international relations. It examines realism, liberalism, the English School, constructivism, and critical theories, and the core debates between these theories. The unit considers how different theoretical approaches are associated with different research methods.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand core debates in international relations theory; (2) understand a variety of different research methods in international relations; and (3) apply various international relations theories to contemporary events.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a research essay; (2) an analytical exercise; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Mark Beeson (semester 1) and Dr Alan Bloomfield (semester 2)
Unit rules
Incompatibility: POLS8606 Theory and Method in International Relations; POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches; POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding
Contact hours Seminar classes: 18 hours
Unit OutlineTS-U-1C : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/POLS5661/TS-U-1C/2017
TS-U-4E : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/POLS5661/TS-U-4E/2017

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