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INR1001 Global Transitions and Human Security

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Anna Hayes
Moderator: Richard Gehrmann

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


An understanding of international relations, both historically and in the contemporary world, is crucial in understanding the processes and impacts of globalisation. The competing interests and actors in world politics have increasingly shaped perspectives about and analyses of global, regional, national and local environments. This has led to new formulations on security thinking, with human security emerging as an important consideration in international relations and world politics. These elements are all vital parts of contemporary understandings of the globalised world.


INR1001 develops students' knowledge and analytical skills by focusing on several issues including human security, Australia's role in international politics, international security, and issues of global interest. These topics are considered within a human security framework, and have a particular emphasis on their currency to Australia and its region.


On successful completion of this course students will demonstrate:

  1. academic and professional skills by applying their comprehension of the nature and evolution of "International Relations" as series of processes in and of themselves as well as an interdisciplinary field of academic study;
  2. an understanding of the nature and evolution of the international system and the practice of diplomacy and other forms of interaction at the various levels of the system, including globalisation and evolving state sovereignty;
  3. academic and professional skills by analysing an issue through different perspectives;
  4. communication skills appropriate to the discipline by preparing and submitting a research essay and completing readings-based quizzes;
  5. analytical and problem solving skills by researching and writing research essay and readings-based quizzes;
  6. ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying referencing norms and practices;
  7. cultural literacy skills by describing, analysing and applying international perspectives using discipline-specific analytical frameworks.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Historical contexts and theories of international relations 15.00
2. Actors in world politics 10.00
3. The contemporary world: interdependence and conflict; international law and international regimes 15.00
4. Global interests: The IPE; growth, scarcity and the environment; gender issues and cultural difference 20.00
5. Global and human security: military power and national security; human security and human rights 20.00
6. Australia in the world: historical considerations and power and security 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Hubbard, C 2008, An Australian Introduction to International Relations, Pearson Longman, Frenchs Forest.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Devetak, R, Burke, A & George, J 2007, An introduction to international relations: Australian perspectives, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Edkins, J & Vaughan-Williams, N 2009, Critical theorists and international relations, Routledge, New York.
  • Gurtov, M 2007, Global Politics in the human interest, 5th edn, Lynne Reinner Publishers, Boulder.
  • Jackson, RH 2007, Introduction to international relations theories and approaches, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Solomon, H 2008, Challenges to global security geopolitics and power in an age of transition, IB Tauris, London.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 105.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZZES 100 50 21 Jul 2014 (see note 1)
RESEARCH ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 100 50 17 Oct 2014

  1. Ten (10) quizzes to be completed in nominated weeks and submitted online throughout the semester. Further details on this assessment can be found in the Course Materials on Study Desk (including dates for quizzes). Each quiz is worth 10 marks, with a total of 100 marks available overall for this assessment. This assessment is weighted at 50% of the total course marks. These tasks must be completed online

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examinaiton in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examnations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

  11. All students are to submit nominated assignments through Turnitin. Non-compliance with this request could result in assignment marks being withheld. Students should refer to the USQ instructions on how to set up a Turnitin account and submit assignments into Turnitin.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.