Introduction to Global Politics

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Global Politics

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies

  • 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

    International developments such as the uprisings in the Arab world, the rise of China and climate change demonstrate that we live in a fast-changing world. This unit equips students with a deeper understanding of the structural forces that shape the world we live in by introducing them to the key issues, institutions, ideas and actors involved in global politics. The first section of the unit outlines the historical context and fundamental institutions of contemporary global politics. The second section covers key contemporary issues including great power rivalry, security challenges, globalization, climate change, refugees and global inequality. The unit gives students the foundations necessary for undertaking a major in International Relations or Politics.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.