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International Politics

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: POL10002

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

After completing this unit of study, students will have developed an understanding of the major institutions, events and issues in international politics; how political scientists analyse and explain international politics, and the major concepts and theories used in the study of international politics.


The unit of study provides students with an overview of the development of world politics. It introduces analytical approaches to the subject and explores a broad range of contemporary issues. It deals with the politics of nation states, and the traditional diplomacy and security issues based on them. The unit of study also deals with the emerging structures of the global political economy and international organisations, and their impact on nation-states. While global in scope, the unit of study highlights many issues relevant to the conduct of Australian foreign affairs and trade policy.

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