International Politics

POL10002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 3 Hours per Week

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2024 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23

8 Jul 24 - 6 Oct 24

29 Oct 24

Last self enrolment:
21 Jul 24

2 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Aug 24



Aims and objectives

This unit provides an introduction to foundational concepts and theories of international politics and their application to historical and contemporary case studies, which will include war and peace, security, power, political economy and globalization. It focuses on the relationship and interaction between state and non-state actors in global politics, as well as compares and contrasts the various approaches that explain and interpret events. The unit also critically assesses and analyses the foundational theories, concepts and approaches in their underlying assumptions and outcomes.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Critically review the major institutions, actors, and issues shaping world politics
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and concepts used in the study of international politics
3. Understand how political scientists analyse and explain international politics
4. Apply theories of international politics to empirical case studies
5. Present clear arguments based on research and evidence and evaluate arguments in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, both independently and with others

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