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POLS540 International Relations Theory

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The basic theories and debates in the international relations theory literature. Theories covered include: realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism.

Paper title International Relations Theory
Paper code POLS540
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,761.50
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Limited to
Teaching staff
Dr Nicholas Khoo
Paper Structure
  1. Introduction
  2. Realism
  3. Liberalism
  4. Constructivism
  5. Methodology
  6. Consultation Week: Discuss Review Essay #1
  7. Submission of Review Essay #1
  8. Consultation Week: Discuss Review Essay #2
  9. Submission of Review Essay #2
  10. Consultation Week: Discuss Review Essay #3
  11. Submission of Review Essay#3

There will be no course reader for POLS 540. Readings are available from Library short loan desk.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have

  • The capacity to analyse and evaluate the issues and debates in the international relations theory literature
  • The ability to conduct independent and self-directed research
  • The ability to synthesise and integrate information from many sources into an original text

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system