Course level

Undergraduate

Faculty

Humanities and Social Sciences

School

Politic Sc & Internat Studies

Units

2

Duration

One Semester

Class contact

2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

Incompatible

GO225, POLS1203

Recommended prerequisite

Assessment methods

Tutorial work, essay proposal, research essay.

Course coordinator

Dr Phil Orchard

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

How is change possible in the international system? How do actors bring it about, and which actors matter? 'Power is the production, in and through social relations, of effects that shape the capacities of actors to determine their own circumstances and fate'. Such a view is substantially different than that espoused by the realist school, which focuses primarily on the material capabilities of states. While the state is the primary actor in international relations, today its power is challenged along a number of directions: whether by changes at the domestic level; by international actors such as international and non-governmental organizations and transnational actors; by events outside its control, whether globalization, conflict, or state failure; and finally by the very structures of international society. This course will use the role of the state in the international system today to explore issues of agency, the emergence of new forms of global governance, and the rise of new transnational threats and problems

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2013 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2011 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2010 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2009 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2008 St Lucia Internal Course Profile