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INTR12-216: The Americas January 2020 [Standard]

General information

This subject covers the politics, regional organisations and international role of the Americas, including North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. It includes case studies of the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil. Related themes include the rise of the United States to become a hemispheric and global power, the foreign policy of Canada, political and economic reform across Latin America, as well as diverse democratic, socialist and indigenous movements. The new inter-regionalism, driven by organisations such as Mercosur, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Caribbean Community (Caricom), are explored. Emerging interactions with the Asia-Pacific, China and Europe are outlined. Current foreign and security policies are assessed, looking forward to the hemisphere’s prospects and global influence in the 21st century. Students may choose seminar topics of professional interest or vocational relevance. No pre-requisites are needed.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:INTR12-216
Subject title:The Americas
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - No Description
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - No Description
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Subject activities include lectures, tutorials, and student work-in-progress seminars. Class discussions, group exercises, and debriefing reviews of presented material are designed to build progressive learning opportunities.Recommended effective participation across all sessions is 80% of total subject load. If you have problems in meeting this level, please contact the subject coordinator.


Prescribed resources:
  • Background and Weekly Readings, plus Bibliography and Extra resources will be listed via iLearn..
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Display an intermediate knowledge of international relations of the Americas and its impact on global trends via class exercises, a seminar presentation and a research paper.
  2. Engage in constructive class dialogue and lead seminars to update class knowledge on the Americas.
  3. Demonstrate intermediate level research and academic writing skills by production of a research paper.
  4. Synthesize the related knowledge, theory, and values that underpin the International Relations discipline, operating at an undergraduate level.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Participation Process: Students participate in exploration and critique of existing concepts, policies and positions during lectures and seminars, plus provide constructive feedback to fellow student presentations . (10%, Weeks 2-12) 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 4.
Research Paper Research Paper Program: Students prepare and present a research or position paper from a range of subject themes. Full referencing required. Part 1: Work-In-Progress Seminar Presentation (10%, weeks 2-11); Part 2: Research Paper (3,000 words) (40% Turn-it-in submission Week 12, Friday, 5pm) 50% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Exam: Essential Knowledge (Closed Book). Closed Book Exam, held in the scheduled exam weeks at the end of semester (40%) 40% Final Examination Period 1, 4.

Pass requirement


  • * 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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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

An Introduction to the Americas in the Global System: Places and Themes

The United States: From Hemispheric to Global Power

Mexico in Progress and Crisis: From New Spain to the New NAFTA

Cuba and Venezuela: Revolution and Alternative Regionalism

Colombia: Intervention, Paradox and Survival

Brazil Under Challenge: Regional and Global Policies

The Hemispheric Dream: From Pan-Americanism to Inter-Americanism

Latin American Regionalism: From Mercosur to the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States

Evolving Regionalism in the Caribbean: Challenges for Diverse Caribbean Communities

Chile: Balancing Social and Democratic Transitions?

The Quest for World Order and the Challenge of Human Insecurity

The Americas in Global Politics: Leadership and Interdependence

Approved on: Nov 8, 2019. Edition: 1.1