Theorising the International

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theorising the International

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    We all talk about 'international affairs' and the 'international community', without necessarily wondering what exactly we mean by 'the international'. This course encourages you to think critically about the concept of the international and various other concepts that are foundational to the discipline of International Relations, including the state, sovereignty, order, law and war. As we investigate each of these concepts, we will engage with a range of issues that are of crucial importance to contemporary global politics and our place in it: Who gets to decide which rules we live by? What does it mean to be a 'global citizen'? Can we hold states to account as moral actors? these are just some of the questions that will animate this course. This is a Level 2 core course in the International Relations major, which builds on skills and knowledge developed through Level 1 study in ARTS1810 Introduction to International Relations and ARTS1811 International Relations: Continuity and Change.

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.


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