POL111 International Relations (8)


This subject provides an introduction to the modern study of international relations. The subject introduces students to the basic concepts, theories and ideas that influence international politics. By critically examining the various ways in which international politics is practised, understood and debated, this subject enables students to make sense of the complexities of contemporary international relations and issues, and Australia’s place in the world.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POL111
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not to be taken by students who have done POL212.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
-  be able to demonstrate an understanding of what international relations is and how it is represented;
- be able to apply various approaches to understanding international politics.
- be able to communicate and debate international politics and issues


The subject will cover the following topics:
-Key Concepts of International Relations (IR) and the Development of the International System -Realism and Liberalism -Marxism and Constructivism -The Post-Cold War Order: US Primacy and the End of History? -Globalization and International Political Economy -Global Governance and the Rule of Law  -The 'War on Terror:' War and Political Violence after 9/11 -Nuclear Weapons and International Security -The ‘War on Drugs:’ -Contemporary Debates -Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Justice


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.