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INTR11-100: Introduction to International Relations January 2022 [Standard]

General information

This subject introduces you to the basic concepts and theoretical approaches in International Relations, and it forms the essential foundation for further explorations of the field. Introduction to International Relations provides you with a framework for the analysis of contemporary international affairs. You will learn a theoretical foundation that allows you to investigate and analyse specific matters in international relations 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:January 2022
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
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover the information if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to view the recordings of the weekly live sessions in order to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. In addition to synchronous sessions, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning and more time may be required depending on factors such as the familiarity of the content. Please note: If you study on-campus, always bring your laptop to class. When you participate in the online sessions, always choose a private quiet place, with reliable internet and working microphone and camera, as you will use them regularly for class participation and activities.


Prescribed resources:
  • Richard Devetak, Jim George,Sarah Percy (2017). An Introduction to International Relations. 3rd ed, Cambridge University Press , 620.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify, analyse, evaluate and communicate broad and coherent theoretical and foundational knowledge in International Relations.
  2. Independently and in teams, generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems of International Relations.
  3. Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in International Relations to professional work and/or further learning, demonstrating well-developed judgement and responsibility.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Preparation and Contribution to class 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3.
*Online Quiz Mid-Term Test 30% Week 5 1, 2, 3.
Project Research Project Part 1: Plan 25% Week 7 1, 2, 3.
Project Research Project Part 2: Final Report 35% Week 11 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.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

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.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

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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Political scientists envisage different theories to make significant and insignificant international events comprehensible. Over the centuries, paradigms or dominant ways of looking at these events emerge and influence the way we think about the characteristics of each occurrence. Theories are a map, lens or reference point which makes the complex, puzzling political world around us more understandable. This lecture will provide an introduction to the paramount theories in the discipline of International Relations.

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Continuing the discussion of the theoretical foundations of IR, this week will investigate Social Constructivism and Feminist theories of IR.

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Traditionally, the subject of international relations covered simply the relations between states. However, in the modern study of international relations, economic bodies and social groups, such as banks, industrial companies, students, environmentalists, women’s groups and non and intergovernmental organizations. Consequently, the landscape of modern International Relations is far more diffuse than ever before.

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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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This topic delves into three types of non-state actors: NGOs, MNCs, and IGOs and illustrates how they relate to the state and the international relations system

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War has been a common form of interaction between independent political entities since the dawn of history. This lecture explores the fundamentals behind the notion and practice of war and asks if the twenty-first century is going to be any more or less peaceful than previous centuries?

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What is peace? Is it merely the absence of conflict? Or something more? To address these questions, the topic touches on defining peace and introducing peace studies before focusing on various attempts at world peace and peace activism.

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Old and New Security: The changing of the traditional security agenda to include considerations of overpopulation, environmental degradation, resource security and migration.

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This topic investigates the human security implications of climate change in the 21st century.

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This lecture explores the long, storied and fascinating relationship between sport, diplomacy and influence

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To conclude the subject, students will investigate future studies within the field of international relations.

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Approved on: Nov 1, 2021. Edition: 4.1
Last updated: Nov 16, 2021.