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INTR11-101: Geopolitics


Geopolitics, traditionally the study of power relations across geographic space, has transformed to embrace the cyber domain, astropolitics, and the geopolitics of sustainability. The subject explores classical themes of seapower and the return of great power rivalry, and critical issue areas such as the geopolitical impacts of climate change and resource competition. Students examine geostrategies employed by global and regional actors, including China, the United States, and Russia across global regions, through the lens of geopolitical theory. This analytical approach is accompanied by historical and regional-cultural contexts, providing students with knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of contemporary geopolitical challenges.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of geopolitics as a mode of analysis and its historical development to the current era
2. Apply theoretical knowledge of geopolitics to contemporary issues and collaborate in projects that require sound organisational and facilitation skills
3. Demonstrate understanding of geopolitical principles and strategies within the international relations system so that well-developed judgement and responsible assessments are made for policy and problem-solving

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start17/05/2021
Cancellation 1?31/05/2021
Cancellation 2?07/06/2021
Last enrolment30/05/2021
Withdraw – Financial?12/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?03/07/2021
Teaching census?11/06/2021