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INR4010 International Relations: Guided Topics

Semester 1, 2014 Online 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


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or MSTA

Other requisites

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


As a multicultural society with a predominantly European tradition, Australia has often been challenged to re-assess and re-define its regional identity globally in Asia and the Pacific, and to become more sensitive to the cultures and aspirations of their own and other societies. International Relations is a key discipline in this process. This course has been designed to enhance individuals' capacities to assume informed and responsible roles in their social and professional lives in Australia and in the wider world. It does so in terms of further developing their broad Social Science-based knowledge, their familiarity with relevant theoretical perspectives of International Relations, and their analytical and communicative skills. Students will have advanced knowledge of the formulation of foreign policy, how to analyse foreign policy and an examination of Australian foreign policy in the contemporary era.


Drawing upon frameworks from the discipline of International Relations, the course provides information about, and analysis of, contemporary issues, international relationships and foreign policy formulation. The evolution of the Australia experience and Australians' evolving perceptions, roles, values, and impacts on, primarily, the framing and formation of foreign policy, will be examined.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of the growth and dimensions of Australian involvement in global affairs and relationships with the peoples and states of the Asia-Pacific region in particular;
  2. demonstrate advanced cultural literacy skills through their comprehension and analysis of the cultural traditions of the Asia-Pacific;
  3. demonstrate advanced academic and professional skills by writing academic essays that a) analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities; b) analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems; c) transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others;
  4. demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical and written and oral communication skills that conform to the discipline by preparing written assignments and submitting an academic essays;
  5. demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying advanced referencing norms and practices in their work;
  6. demonstrate advanced comprehension of the currency and relevancy of International Relations to their career interests and to the broader community within which they will function as informed citizens;
  7. apply knowledge and skills demonstrating autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Analysing Foreign Policy 40.00
2. Conceiving, framing and managing Australian Foreign Policy 25.00
3. The domestic and international political landscape 10.00
4. Australia?s place in the world 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Gyngell, A & Wesley, M 2007, Making Australian foreign policy, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne.
  • McDougall, D 2009, Australian foreign relations: entering the 21st century, Pearson Education Australia, 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.
  • Hanson, M & Tow, M (eds) 2002, International relations in the new century: an Australian perspective, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom.
  • Held, D & McGrew, A (eds) 2002, Governing globalization: power, authority and global governance, Polity Press, United Kingdom.
  • Knight, Nick 2004, Understanding Australia's neighbours: an introduction to East and Southeast Asia, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, New York.
  • Steger, Manfred 2003, Globalisation: a very short introduction, Oxford Uni Press, UK.
  • Wesley M 2007, The Howard Paradox: Australian diplomacy in Asia 1996-2006, ABC, Sydney.
    (In addition to the selected works cited, details of some relevant Internet sources will be provided in the Course Outline to be distributed in the seminar.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 165.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (1000 WORDS) 100 10 31 Mar 2014 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 (1000-1500 WORDS) 100 35 02 May 2014 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 (2500-3000 WORDS) 100 55 13 Jun 2014 (see note 3)

  1. This assignment is a research proposal for Assignment 3 - the major essay.
  2. Assignment 2 is a review of the relevant literature for researching Assignment 3.
  3. Assignment 3 is the major essay for this course. It will contain an excerpt (1,000 words) of the literature review completed in Assignment 2.

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 examination 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 examinations.

  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 consult in the course Introductory Book and the USQ Study Desk for further instructions on how to submit assignments on 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.