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Course content

Introduction
This masters course enables graduates to acquire (at an advanced level) the theoretical, historical and practical knowledge and skills relevant to the analysis of contemporary international relations and is particularly oriented toward understanding developments, outlooks, relationships and possibilities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Course description, features and facilities
The course develops students’capacities to collect and interpret information; to analyse arguments, policies and developments; and to construct cogent verbal and written arguments on international relations subjects. It also gives students an appreciation of the ways in which knowledge of international relations is utilised, including in professional employment.

Structure
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

For students in course by coursework only, take all units (72 points):

In Semester 1, 2015, students in course by coursework only can also enrol in POLS5671 Peace and Security in Africa.

S2 POLS5611 Religion, Global Identities and World Politics
S2 POLS5612 World Politics: Muslims in the West
S1 POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
S1 POLS5622 Contemporary Issues in the International Political System
N/A POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers
N/A POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
S1 POLS5641 International Security: Causes of War and Conflict
N/A POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
N/A POLS5651 International Political Economy: Global Change
N/A POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
S2 POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches
S2 POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

S2 POLS5611 Religion, Global Identities and World Politics
S2 POLS5612 World Politics: Muslims in the West
S1 POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
S1 POLS5622 Contemporary Issues in the International Political System
N/A POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers
N/A POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
S1 POLS5641 International Security: Causes of War and Conflict
N/A POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
N/A POLS5651 International Political Economy: Global Change
N/A POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
S2 POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches
S2 POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding
S1 POLS5671 Peace and Security in Africa
S1, S2 POLS5672 Critical Perspectives in International Development

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

S1, S2 POLS5700 Master's Dissertation (full-time) (24 points)
S1, S2 POLS5701 Master's Dissertation (part-time) Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2 POLS5702 Master's Dissertation (part-time) Part 2 (12 points)

Career opportunities
This course is relevant to people interested in working in businesses and government agencies with international linkages, agencies involved in regional or global governance, or international non-government organisations. Expertise in international relations complements qualifications in a range of professional areas and is applicable to a variety of employment options.

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