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INTR12-203: The United Nations September 2019 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides an introduction to the history, structure, development and world view of the United Nations. It analyses the UN as the centre of world diplomacy as well as a supranational human rights and welfare agency. It also looks at the paradoxical Security Council, the agency responsible for peace-keeping and peace-making deployments whose members are, at the same time, the manufacturers and distributors of weapons fuelling most international conflicts.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:INTR12-203
Subject title:The United Nations
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - No Description


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Develop a critical understanding of the concepts of global governance through committed research.
  2. Convey concise and critical argument in both written and oral form.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to work cooperatively and problem solve with others.
  4. Display an awareness of effective participation in local and global communities.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
In-Class Quiz - Individual Students will take in-class quizzes in some lectures throughout the semester. 15% Ongoing 1.
Project Simulation Based Learning: Briefing Paper (week 6) and presentation (ongoing) 30% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4.
Project Simulation Based Learning: Simulation Performance (in consultation: 45%) and Reflective Debriefing Statement (week 12: 10%) 55% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * 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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Submission procedures

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Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Feedback on assessment

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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

Over the first two weeks of the semester, the subject will explore how the United Nations came into existence and its ongoing relevance in the 21st century.

1, 2, 3, 4.

For the next three weeks, the subject contents will focus on the various organs of the UN, how they were created and how effective they are at fulfilling their respective mandates.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Over the next two weeks, the subject will investigate the role of the UN in maintaining peace & security. Specifically, the course will focus on the establishment of Peacekeeping as a global norm and UN efforts to address terrorism.

1, 3, 4.

In the next two weeks, the subject will introduce students to the UN's Human Rights agenda to develop an understanding of the UN's Human Rights efforts. The content will also investigate the UN Human Rights machinery.

1, 2, 3, 4.

In this part of the subject, students will be introduced to just what a 'Least Developed Country' may be like, prior to looking towards the UN's efforts to address this through the process of human development.

1, 2, 3, 4.

The last lecture of the semester provides an overview of UN Reform efforts and the problems confronting the proponents of vigorous reform.

1, 2, 3, 4.
Approved on: Jul 11, 2019. Edition: 3.3