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INR8010 International Relations: Guided Topics (Masters)

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Int'l Relation Topic (Masters)
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090101 - Political Science
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Richard Gehrmann


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MARA or MBSI or MSTA or BAHN or GCBU or GDBZ.
Enrolment is not permitted in INR8010 if INR4010 has been previously completed.

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 who have successfully completed this course will have specialised 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 should be able to:

  1. demonstrate specialised theoretical knowledge and research skills in 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 and integrated academic and professional skills by writing academic essays that a) analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities; b) analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems , concepts and theories; c) research and apply complex International Relations theories; d) interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  4. demonstrate specialised cognitive, technical and written and oral communication skills that conform to the discipline by preparing and submitting written assignments and an academic essay
  5. demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying specialist referencing norms and practices in their work
  6. demonstrate specialist 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, expert 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, Victoria.
McDougall, D 2009, Australian foreign relations: entering the 21st century, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.

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.
Gyngell, A 2017, Fear of abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942, La Trobe University Press, Carlton, Victoria.
Hanson, M & Tow, M (eds) 2002, International relations in the new century: an Australian perspective, Oxford University Press, UK.
Held, D & McGrew, A (eds) 2002, Governing globalization: power, authority and global governance, Polity Press, UK.
Knight, N 2004, Understanding Australia's neighbours: an introduction to East and Southeast Asia, Cambridge University Press, UK.
Steger, M 2017, Globalisation: a very short introduction, 4th edn, Oxford Uni Press, UK.
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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Independent Study 139.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (1000 WORDS) 100 10 11 Mar 2019 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 (2000 WORDS) 100 35 15 Apr 2019 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 (3500 WORDS) 100 55 27 May 2019 (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.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    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.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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.

  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 for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination 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

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.