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INR1000 Introduction to International Relations

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Intro International Relations
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090101 - Political Science
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: 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 as societies and cultures, political systems and ideologies, and economies interact in dynamic and complex ways at the different levels of the global system. This course provides an introduction to the evolving global environment. Furthermore, the course provides first-year students with foundational skills in analysis and written communication, with a focus on the academic professional skills necessary to progress to a career in international relations.


The actors in international relations range from individual persons to groups and institutions - with the latter including states and sub-state units, international organizations and movements, non-governmental organizations, multi-national corporations and regional organizations. INR1000 focuses on the evolution of the international system with an emphasis on factors such as international law, organisations, war, international political economy, environment, social justice and human rights, and on the practice of diplomacy through a critical presentation of the major competing analytical perspectives of realism, liberalism and world systems, as well as constructivist and feminist approaches.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. use academic and professional skills to apply critical knowledge of the nature and evolution of International Relations as a series of processes in and of themselves as well as an interdisciplinary field of academic study;
  2. contextualise 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;
  3. apply written communication skills that conform with the requirements of the discipline to prepare and submit academic work;
  4. justify the currency and relevance of the study of International Relations to their career interests and to the broader community within which they will function as informed citizens;
  5. apply ethical research and inquiry skills to the comprehension and application of basic referencing norms and practices in their work.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Globalisation, International Relations and historical contexts 20.00
2. Perspectives on International Relations: - realism, world systems theories -liberalism - Post-Cold War frameworks and new approaches 20.00
3. International regimes, organizations, human rights 20.00
4. Conflict & aggression, international law & negotiation, regionalism and integration 20.00
5. Population challenges, environment, international political economy 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Kegley, C & Blanton, S 2021, World politics: trend and transformation, 2021st edn, Wadsworth, Boston.

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.
Baylis, J & Smith, S (eds) 2020, The globalisation of world politics: an introduction to international relations, 8th edn, Oxford University Press, London.
Goldstein, JS & Pevehouse, JC 2017, International relations, 11th edn, Pearson-Longman, New York.
Jackson, R & Sorensen, G 2018, Introduction to international relations: theories and approaches, 7th edn, Oxford University Press, London.
Steger, M 2020, Globalization: a very short introduction, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
QUIZ 100 20 19 Mar 2021 1,2,3,4,5
ASSIGNMENT 1 1500 WORDS 100 30 03 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5
PARTICIPATION 100 10 31 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 100 40 End S1 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

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.

    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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    Restricted Examination
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    • writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    • Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    • Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate’s possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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.

Date printed 18 June 2021