POLS5661 Foundations of International Relations

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Dr Alex Davis
Unit rules
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
seminars: 18 hours
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-U-1E-2020]
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