International Relations

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Government, 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
    1001GIR International Relations is a foundational course for the Bachelor of Government and International Relations, Bachelor of International Business and a range of Double-Degree Programs. The course introduces students to the key disciplinary concepts, and theory, history and practice of contemporary International Relations (IR). It presents the core topics of IR and foreign policy within a framework of lively debate on critical issues such as war and security; terrorism; human rights and humanitarian intervention; religion, culture and identity politics; poverty and development; and environmental politics.
    Course Introduction
    The course introduces students to the key concepts, history, theories and practices of International Relations (IR) and foreign policy. Topics covered will familiarise students with the historical, geographical and normative evolution of the modern international states-system, as well as providing an introduction to contemporary and enduring issues such as war and conflict; international law and organisation; human rights, religion and culture; international political economy and global governance; poverty and development; and a range of transnational issues from terrorism to global warming.
    Course Aims
    This course provides students with knowledge about the history, geography, dynamics, problems and management of contemporary international relations and global political economy.
    This course aims to begin the development of tertiary-level skills in problem identification, critical thinking, locating, evaluating and referencing appropriate research materials, constructing well-informed arguments, marshalling evidence, and synthesising and structuring information effectively in both oral and written communication.
    The course aims to begin the development of tertiary-level cognitive and technical skills in applying theoretical frameworks and critical thinking to analyse important issues in world affairs.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Exam - selected response
    Multiple Choice Quiz (Early Assessment Task)


    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Research Essay


    Exam - selected response
    Final 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.