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INTR12-206: Global Institutions and Conflict Resolution May 2018 [Standard]

General information

Global institutions have evolved from the flurry of the institution-building decades of the 1940s and 50s to represent an important and embedded feature of today's globalised, connected and interdependant world. This course examines the nature, role and impact of global institutions in providing an appropriate multilateral framework for resolving conflicts in international relations, particulatly relating to: i) traditional inter-state conflicts ii) breaches of international norms; and iii) contemporary transnational threats, such as climate change, terrorism and nuclear proliferation. Specific global institutions to be reviewed through this course include (but will not be limited to) the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), African Union (AU), Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN), and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and the International Criminal Court (ICC).


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:INTR12-206
Subject title:Global Institutions and Conflict Resolution
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrated ability to identify and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of the global institutions as a multilateral framework for conflict resolution.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and problem solve.
  3. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including through presentation and discussion with peers and colleagues.
  4. Demonstrated ability to research effectively, prepare and develop coherent arguments through written assignments.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Attendance and participation 15% Ongoing 1, 2, 3.
Essay Research Essay (2000 words) 40% Week 11 1, 3, 4.
Presentation In class presentation (20min) 15% To Be Negotiated 1, 3, 4.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) iLearn exam (2 hours) 30% Final Examination Period 1, 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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Subject curriculum

Provides an overview of the course and explores foundational concepts, definitions and terminology relating to global institutions as a multilateral framework for conflict resolution

Discusses the concept of global governance the the tensions and challenges it presents

Reviews the emergence of multilateralism and the establishment of international organisations as seekers and at times, defenders of global order

Examines the emergence of international conflict resolution and its relevance in International Relations

Examines the various types of conflict and their sources. Particular attention is paid to understanding violent conflict.

Reviews the uptake of a 'culture of conflict prevention' by international organisations. Discussion extends to review the role of institutions in containing conflicts in situations when prevention fails and violence has become a part of everyday life

Film and discussion

Explores how violence might be brought to an end and peace restored. Includes discussion on the role of culture and NGOs in the peace building process.

Examines the role of institutions such as the International Criminal Court and independent tribunals in delivering justice and fostering reconciliation between peoples.

Discusses the G20 as an innovative mechanism in contemporary global governance.

Discusses the current trends that pose a threat to global institutions, and their implications.

Concluding thoughts and exam review

Approved on: Mar 16, 2017. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Dec 10, 2018.