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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (International Politics)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

    * have an advanced knowledge of the major debates in international politics;

    * have a specialized knowledge of one or more disciplinary issue-areas;

    * have produced academic work based on original research that reveals an awareness of the latest research and theoretical directions within the chosen disciplinary issue-area.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (International Politics)
  • Course description
        *  Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
        * two compulsory subjects (37.5 points)
        * two elective subjects (25 points)

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-519  International Politics Thesis
    This subject involves a supervised thesis of 12 000 words, embodying the results of the student's own research, submitted at the end of the second semester of enrolment.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Compulsory subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-401  International Politics
    This course begins by discussing three key contexts to the international politics of our day. The first context is the sacral one. The second context is the rationalist one. The third context is that of the global marginalized, that is, those pushed ...     Semester 2     25

    166-558  Social Science Research Seminar
    This subject is designed to develop research skills for students planning and writing research theses in the School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology. The subject explores contemporary research strategies, differing methodological appro...     Semester 1     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-407  Contemporary Political and Social Theory
    This subject examines contemporary debates in political and social theory with a particular focus on developments within and challenges to liberal democracy. Initially the difficulties of liberalism in the face of social change will be analysed in th...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-416  Justice, Democracy and Difference
    This subject provides a critical examination of contemporary debates about ideas of justice, democracy and the politics of difference. The subject critically explores both the major liberal approaches to justice alongside critiques of liberal approac...     Semester 1     12.50
    166-418  Corruption in Today's World
    This subject focuses on definitions, types and theories of corruption, and on its political, social and economic effects in various parts of the world, particularly since the 1980s. The subject asks students to problematise the concept of corruption ...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-444  The Emerging World (Dis)Order
    This subject provides students with an opportunity to think about some of the major issues in contemporary international politics. An underlying theme is the extent to which contemporary international politics can be seen in terms of the emergence of...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-497  A Postcolonial International Relations?
    This subject introduces major postcolonial concerns such as the ethnocentricism of the Euro-Atlantic international system, the need to elevate Third World interests and perspectives, the appropriateness of universal prescriptions such as democratisat...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-498  Women in Global Politics
    This subject will examine feminist contributions to the theorising of international politics. It will consider the ways in which feminist theorists have 'gendered' international relations theory. The subject engages with the work of theoris...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-499  Asia-Pacific: Zone of Conflict or Peace?
    This subject provides an examination of some important issues in Asia-Pacific international politics in the light of relevant theorizing, interpretations and debates. The topics for study will normally include the China-US-Japan triangle, the Taiwan ...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-413  Communication and Governance
    This subject critically investigates the changing forms of governance in democratic polities in the wake of the informational age. Using communication as a central analytical category, the subject considers how democratic political systems are coping...     Semester 1     12.50

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