PAIS103 International Relations: An Australian Perspective

Updated: 19 November 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions INRE103 or POLS103
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Karin Von Strokirch (
Unit Description

An introduction to international relations from an Australian perspective. The focus is on Australia's relations with the United States and the Asia Pacific on selected issues which are of growing importance in international relations. These range from regional economic and security cooperation to global concerns over arms control, foreign aid and the environment.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: key contemporary themes in the field of international relations; dominant trends in Australian foreign policy; the ideology and foreign policy record of the major party political forces; competing currents of thought over foreign policy;
  2. apply key concepts and critical thinking to the analysis of issues in foreign policy and international relations;
  3. evaluate and synthesise evidence from a range of primary and secondary sources; and
  4. display independent, scholarly written communication skills, as required in the execution of assignments.