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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Overviews global and national responses to peace and war in international politics. Taking Australia as a case study, examines relationships with neighbouring countries in terms of responses to rights, regional conflict, trade and security. Explores the global political context surrounding issues of peace, war and international relations relating to aid, justice, national and civil conflict, defence, peace-keeping and pluralist identities.

Unit content

I Understanding the international political context

Topic 1. Understanding world politics
Topic 2. Global politics

II National approaches to global politics (focusing on the Australian perspective)

Topic 3. Globalisation and trade
Topic 4. National security and defence
Topic 5. Foreign policy and regional relations

III Issues in peace, war & world politics

Topic 6. Armed conflict
Topic 7. Nationalism, ethnic conflict and religion
Topic 8. Global south, aid and justice
Topic 9. Gender, war and peace
Topic 10. Peacekeeping, intervention and peace-building

IV Conclusion

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically evaluate a nation-state's trade, military, humanitarian and foreign policy responses to international politics
2 demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of global politics
3 contrast issues of peace and war in several conflict zones
4 demonstrate some comprehension of the role of nationalism, religion, poverty, gender and peacekeeping in international politics
5 develop evaluative positions on the ethical state of global politics and present these positions as reasoned arguments.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically evaluate a nation-state's trade, military, humanitarian and foreign policy responses to international politics
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of global politics
    • GA4:
  3. contrast issues of peace and war in several conflict zones
    • GA1:
  4. demonstrate some comprehension of the role of nationalism, religion, poverty, gender and peacekeeping in international politics
    • GA4:
  5. develop evaluative positions on the ethical state of global politics and present these positions as reasoned arguments.
    • GA1:
    • GA3: