Dilemmas in International Relations

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dilemmas in International Relations

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The twenty-first century is more than a decade old. Whilst it is in its early stages, it is natural to want to know how it compares with the last century and how it will look in the future. How will relations between states and other entities change? What forces are likely to emerge? Where will the world's most serious troubles occur? This course explores these questions by examining a series of case studies that illustrate the political challanges of the new century. Cases such as continuing terrorism, the fate of Israel and the Palestinians, the direction of China, and global warming are used to represent real-world problems confronting the international system.
    Course Introduction
    Welcome to Dilemmas in International Relations. This course provides an examination of key problems in the international system, and how they manifest themselves through a variety of case studies.
    Course Aims
    This course provides students with knowledge about key contemporary challenges confronting the international system. These challenges are analysed through a series of case studies. Each case study illuminates important principles operating within the international system and exemplifies important concerns in the contemporary environment.
    The course has introduced students to the following challenges: terrorism, the rise of China as a great power, intervention and changes to state sovereignty, human rights, and energy security Material covered will familiarise students with the origins, dynamics and diplomatic problems of responding to each contemporary challenge.
    This course also aims to further the development of tertiary level skills in problem identification, critical thinking, research and writing.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1.1 key changes to the international system since the end of the Cold War
    1.2 the challenges faced by conflict management devices in attempting to 'manage' international relations, such as international law, diplomacy, and international organizations
    2.1 to critically analyse issues, events and problems in international relations
    2.2 to research, develop and present their analyses in written and oral formats

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Exam - selected response
    Multiple Choice Exam


    Assignment - Written Assignment


    Exam - constructed response
    End of Semester Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.