Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Overviews global and national responses to peace and war in international politics. Taking Australia as a case study, examines relationships with neighbouring countries in terms of responses to rights, regional conflict, trade and security. Explores the global political context surrounding issues of peace, war and international relations relating to aid, justice, national and civil conflict, defence, peace-keeping and pluralist identities.

Unit content

I Understanding the international political context

Topic 1. Understanding world politics
Topic 2. Global politics

II National approaches to global politics (focusing on the Australian perspective)

Topic 3. Globalisation and trade
Topic 4. National security and defence
Topic 5. Foreign policy and regional relations

III Issues in peace, war & world politics

Topic 6. Armed conflict
Topic 7. Nationalism, ethnic conflict and religion
Topic 8. Global south, aid and justice
Topic 9. Gender, war and peace
Topic 10. Peacekeeping, intervention and peace-building

IV Conclusion

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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