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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Edmondson


Previously coded HSM4503


This unit provides an historical approach to the study of international relations, incorporating an array of theoretical perspectives and conceptual tools. The focus of the unit will be upon the evolution of the international political system, engaging directly with the question of inevitability of war, the nature of a balance of power and prospects for peace. Students will examine issues such as the significance of states, the meaning and scope of sovereignty, and effectiveness of international law.


pon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the main actors and structural developments in international relations
  2. Engage with key debates and identify factors in the evolution of international relations
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual and analytical models of international relations
  4. analyse relations between states
  5. Identify key international institutions
  6. Analyse state-institution relations, drawing upon relevant conceptual models


Written work: 60%
2 hour exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Christopher Laming


APG4761 and APG4762


APG4759, GSC3503, GSC4503, ATS3570