Global Power and World Order

Course code POLI3160Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Examines the institutions and processes shaping the international order and relations between states. It focuses on the development of this order, beginning with the dropping of the atomic bomb and the onset of the Cold War, and traces it through to the post-September 11 period. It discusses the role and significance of international bodies such as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the War Crimes Tribunals in the context of a newly emerging world order. The course also examines issues such as human rights, international justice, and the problem of terrorism in the wake of the events of September 11. It asks to what extent September 11, and its aftermath, has reshaped global power and the world order.

Not available to students who have already passed or are currently enrolled in POLI2160; or POLI2070, or POLI3070.

Not available in 2015

Objectives1. Clear understanding of salient forces and principles of shaping international order and the relations between nation-states.
2. An awareness of the complexity of global institutions and their attempts to impose order on what is assumed to be an anarchical system of states.
3. Broad understanding of conceptual ideas underpinning the role of global institutions in their role of constraining and/or guiding the actions of nation states.
4. An awareness of the complexities of the global context in which nations conduct their affairs.
5. An awareness of and ability to assess critically the theoretical and methodological debates in international politics.
6. Develop an understanding of key Social Science concepts and theories and acquire research skills to enable critical evaluation of the reliability, validity and efficacy of information, opinions and arguments.
7. Provide an understanding of and practice in oral and written communication skills.
ContentThe course content will be drawn from but not restricted to:
1. An examination of specific features structuring the nature of relations between nation-states.
2. Structure, composition and political role of various international bodies (eg International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice, United Nations, World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund, World Bank).
3. Contemporary issues in global politics (eg human rights, terrorism, international justice).
4. Case studies of particular issues relating to the operation of the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice.
Replacing Course(s)POLI3070
TransitionThis course will be replacing POLI3070: International Relations. Students will be advised that they cannot enrol in POLI3160 if they have already passed POLI3070 or POLI2070. This information will be made available in appropriate places such as Faculty and School publications in hard copy and on the web, as well as in the appropriate Course Guides. POLI3070 was last taught in Semester 1 2003.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge10 units in Politics at 1000 level or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial paper and major essay
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term