International Relations Theory and Practice

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Murdoch University
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About this unit

International Relations Theory and Practice is an online unit provided by Murdoch University that aims to develop an initial understanding of the study of international relations. It explores the connection between IR theories, practices and processes, with a consistent grounding in global realities.

You will learn about the shifting patterns of state sovereignty, the role of international organisations and globalisation, and changing patterns of world order. By giving you an introduction to theories of international politics, you will develop an ability to analyse contemporary issues with a much more critical and informed eye.

The unit will also prepare you for further study in the subject. You will research, develop and deliver oral analyses of the debates and topics affecting international politics today. In addition, you will develop an understanding of the main theoretical approaches within the field of international relations.

Eligibility

You must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

Areas of study

In the International Relations Theory and Practice unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction theory and practice in IR
  • Realist theories
  • Sovereignty and the state
  • Liberal theories
  • International institutions
  • Critical and Marxist theories
  • US hegemony and world order
  • Constructivism
  • Human rights in world politics
  • Globalisation theories
  • Non-state actors and global governance
  • Connecting IR theory to IR practices

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

International Relations Theory and Practice provides you with an essential grounding in the subject, which will serve as a springboard for future study in the field of international relations. By introducing you to the basic theoretical approaches in relation to major issues facing contemporary global politics, the unit will provide you with a greater awareness of, and confidence in, critically analysing today’s global structures.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in International Relations Theory and Practice from Murdoch University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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