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INTR11-100: Introduction to International Relations September 2020 [Standard - Introduction to International Relations]

General information

This subject will provide students with a familiarity with the basic concepts and theoretical approaches in International Relations to provide them with a framework to analyse and understand contemporary international affairs. The design of this subject is intended to provide students with a broad focus on the matter of international relations. Upon the provision of a theoretical foundation, students will investigate topics such as war and peace, the state and nationalism, sovereignty and intervention, non-state actors, and human security. 


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:INTR11-100
Subject title:Introduction to International Relations
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Richard Devetak, Jim George,Sarah Percy (2017). An Introduction to International Relations. 3rd ed, Cambridge University Press , 620.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast the main theoretical foundations of the modern International Relations system through the application of theoretical constructs to historical, and contemporary issues in International Relations.
  2. Convey an understanding of the contentious debates around contemporary international relations issues, in both the written and oral form, in such a way that generates both critical and persuasive arguments.
  3. Develop their ability to analyse International Relations and political science related materials to provide them with skills required to enhance their employability in a variety of fields.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Preparation and Contribution 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3.
*Online Quiz Mid-Term Test 30% Week 7 1, 2, 3.
Project Research Project Part 2: Final Report 35% Week 12 1, 2, 3.
Project Research Project Part 1: Plan & Presentation 25% In Consultation 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

The lecture series will start by introducing students to the foundations of international relations: answering the why, and how, we as students in the 21st century will be investigating how the world works.

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In the next part of the subject, students will be introduced to the main theoretical foundations of modern International Relations: Realism & Liberalism

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Continuing the discussion of the theoretical foundations of IR, this week will investigate Social Constructivism and some of the other minor - but no less important - theories within IR.

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Power is a central element of the International Relations system developing an appreciation for them, and how power can be utilised in both a traditional "hard" approach and the non-traditional "soft" approach, is vital to our understanding of the modern world.

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An investigation into the establishment of the modern state system and the evolution of politics and nationalism.

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The task of this week's lecture is to first introduce students to the ideas of networks and meta-geography. The lecture will then delve into three types of non-state actors: NGOs, MNCs, and IGOs to illustrate how these networks increasingly challenge the state.

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This week students will investigate the concept of ‘war’ and the variety of debates surrounding the causes of this traditional security issue. The lecture will also look towards the idea of justifying war through the Just War theory and the ethics of the Global War on Terror.

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The approach of this week's lecture is a challenge to the student to discover just what peace actually is: is it merely the absence of conflict? or something more? In order to address these questions, the lecture will touch on defining peace and introducing the area of peace studies. The lecture then focuses on various attempts at world peace, and peace activism.

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Next, students will learn about different aspects of traditional security as well as the human security framework.

This week will look towards the human security implications of climate change in the 21st century.

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This lecture addresses the evolution of human rights and some of the challenges that exist in the struggle for human rights within the modern international relations system.

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The lecture series will conclude with a brief overview of some of the issues that IR will be forced to confront over the coming years.

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Approved on: Jul 24, 2020. Edition: 3.3
Last updated: Oct 1, 2020.