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Unit Overview

Description

This unit is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of topical issues in contemporary international politics. The range of topics may vary from year to year, but the unit focuses on a diversity of current issues in international politics. The aim of the unit is to provide all honours students in Political Science and International Relations with knowledge of a series of issues that define the nature of the contemporary international system.

Credit
6 points
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand the complexity of actors and issues involved in the contemporary international system, including the roles of states and non-state actors; (2) analyse and assess a range of opinions about a specific question of debate in one area of contemporary international politics, through a research essay; and (3) apply skills of critical literacy, by completing an analytical exercise identifying key issues and concepts in a particular topic.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation; (2) a major essay; and (3) an analytical exercise. Further information is available in the unit outline.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jie Chen
Unit rules
Incompatibility
POLS7486 Honours Seminar 6 (Political Science)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.