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INR2000 Issues in a Globalizing World

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Issues in a Globalizing World
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 : 090309 - Human Geography
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Richard Gehrmann

Other requisites

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

Rationale

An understanding of the key issues in world politics, both historically and in the dynamically globalizing contemporary world, is crucial in analysing both traditional and non-traditional threats to security. It is also important to identify the range of actors that play a role in international politics and the foreign policies of the ‘great’ powers, the European powers and the ‘emerging’ powers.

Synopsis

This course briefly reviews the historical dimensions and contending analytical perspectives on international relations, with an emphasis on processes of globalisation and significant issues in contemporary world politics. Secondly, it explores the foreign policy perspectives of the `great' powers', the European powers and the `emerging' powers.

Objectives

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

  1. academic and professional skills by analysing and applying their understanding of the nature and evolution of International Relations as a series of both issues and 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, the practice of diplomacy and other forms of interaction at the various levels of the system, and the major issues of relevance to Australia and its region;
  3. written communication skills appropriate to the discipline by preparing a research essay and readings-based quizzes;
  4. academic and professional literacy by submitting a research essay and receiving feedback on their academic skills;
  5. ethical research and inquiry skills by applying both the norms of research and referencing in their work;
  6. cultural literacy skills by comprehending and applying issues in globalisation.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introductory considerations 10.00
2. Issues in world politics 30.00
3. The foreign policy perspectives of key regional and global actors. 50.00
4. Course overview 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=INR2000)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Davison, R 2008, Foreign policies of the great and emerging powers, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest.
White, B, Little, R & Smith, M (eds) 2005, Issues in world politics, 3rd edn, Palgrave MacMillan, London.

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.
Diehl, PF (ed) 2015, The politics of global governance: international organizations in an interdependent world, 5th edn, Lynne Rienner Publication, Boulder, Colo.
Held, D & McGrew, A (eds) 2002, Governing globalization: power, authority and global governance, Polity Press, Cambridge.
Kegley, CW 2021, World politics: trends and transformation, 2012 2013 edn, 17th edn, Thomson/Wadsworth, Boston.
Rourke, JT 2008, International politics on the world stage, 12th edn, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, New York, NY.
Wenger, A & Zimmerman, D 2003, International relations: from the cold war to the globalized world, Lynne Rienner, USA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZZES 100 20 23 Feb 2021 (see note 1)
RESEARCH ESSAY (2500 WORDS) 100 40 24 May 2021
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 100 40 End S1 (see note 2)

Notes
  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 2%, with a total of 100 marks available overall for this assessment. This assessment is weighted at 20% of the total course marks. These tasks must be completed online.
  2. 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.

    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.

    On-campus
    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:
    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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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 https://cmsauth.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/exams/supplementary-and-deferred-assessment.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. 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.

Date printed 18 June 2021