PAIS514 21st Century International Relations

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions INRE214 or INRE314 or PAIS314 or PAIS414 or POLS214 or POLS314
Notes None
Combined Units PAIS314 - 21st Century International Relations
Coordinator(s) Karin Von Strokirch (
Unit Description

This unit examines major processes of transformation of contemporary international relations and world politics. It focuses on events and trends since the end of the Cold War and the dramatic shifts in the emerging framework of 21st century world politics. It introduces principal international relations theories which seek to interpret contemporary world order.

Prescribed Material

Shrink Wrapped Package(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Value Pack - The Globalization of World Politics and ANZ Case Study

ISBN: 9780190025632
Baylis, J., Smith, S., Owens, P., Hawksley, C. and Georgeou, N., Oxford University Press 7th ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 1, 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% 2200
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 2 10% 300
Assessment Notes

300-word online discussion post

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1,2,4

Compulsory Assessment 3 50% 2500
Assessment Notes

Take Home Examination

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced body of knowledge of: key trends in contemporary international relations; important concepts such as the state, sovereignty and globalisation in theory and practice; and political and normative implications of international relations;
  2. critically assess and apply principal theoretical perspectives in the discipline of international relations;
  3. present a coherent and sustained scholarly argument demonstrating an advanced knowledge of research methods and principles; and
  4. rigorously evaluate, critically analyse and synthesise evidence from a range of primary and secondary sources.