PAIS103 International Relations: An Australian Perspective

Updated: 10 April 2019
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.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Australia in International Politics

ISBN: 9781742372631
Firth, S., Allen and Unwin 3rd ed. 2011

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Navigating the New International Disorder: Australia in World Affairs 2011-2015

ISBN: 9780195596243
Beeson, B. and Hameiri, S., Oxford University Press 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 40% 1700
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 2 50% 2000
Assessment Notes

Online examination

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 3 10% 300
Assessment Notes

300-word online discussion post

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

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.