POLS5682 Responding to International Crises

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This Master of International Relations (MIR) capstone unit draws upon and applies existing knowledge and skills developed in the MIR program and helps to prepare students for careers in the field. The unit engages students with key political and policy challenges involved in responding to a range of international crises. Students are exposed to a range of different contexts, concepts and available policy tools, drawing on multidisciplinary materials. Through guest lectures, students directly engage with a range of relevant policymakers and practitioners who have themselves been involved in responding to various international crises. They gain inside knowledge of the policy-making and leadership processes involved in crisis management. International crises explored will vary depending on the study period, international events and teaching staff.
Students are able to (1) engage professionally with guest policymakers and practitioners in a classroom setting; (2) engage collaboratively with peers in policy analysis, problem solving and through formal presentations in a classroom setting; (3) conduct individual policy analysis through a policy paper on various responses to international crises; (4) apply theoretically informed knowledge in a policy context; and (5) individually conduct and present critical scholarly research on a topic relevant to the theme of the unit.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation; (2) policy analysis paper; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ky Gentry (Semester 1), Professor Peter Dean (semester 2)
Unit rules
completion of 48 points in the Master of International Relations, including POLS5661 Foundations of International Relations.
Contact hours
seminars: 18 hours per semester
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