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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

    * understand the roles of international organizations and institutions, and their inter-action with national and regional institutions, cultures and societies;
    * critically appreciate how the processes of key concepts, including internationalism, globalisation and transnationalism, have shaped the contemporary world;
    * understand the theory and method of comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches to a range of issues in international studies;
    * understand, through detailed examination of selective case studies, how key concepts and approaches in international studies may be applied to processes, 'problems' and cultures.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies
  • Course description
        * two compulsory subjects (25 points)
        * six electives (75 points)


        * two compulsory subjects (25 points)
        * thesis subject (25 points)
        * four electives (50 points)

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

    Compulsory subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    102-507  Themes in International Studies
    The subject offers students an introduction to the key themes in the International Studies program. Graduates of the Master of International Studies should be equipped with the skills to analyse and assess thematic approaches to International Studies...     Semester 1     12.50

    102-508  Theories in International Studies
    This subject will introduce students the most recent theoretical approaches and debates in international studies, the historical context of these concerns, and their regional permutations. These include state-formation, world systems, post-colonialis...     Semester 2     12.50

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    102-509  International Studies Thesis
    This subject involves a departmentally supervised thesis of 10 000 words, embodying the results of the student's own research into a topic within the International Studies arena.     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    Elective subjects

    Governance: Conflict, Rights and Citizenship

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    121-436  The Geopolitics of Peace and Development
    This subject examines the ways in which geopolitical thought shapes practices of peace and development, and the ways in which peace and development are themselves interrelated. States shape their security and development policies according to their u...     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

    166-416  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

    166-444  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

    131-460  Fascist Europe
    This subject is a comparative study of European fascisms from the end of World War I through 1945. The primary focus will be on the fascist movements and regimes in Italy, Spain and Germany, but attention will also be given to the fascist movements i...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-405  History, Memory and Violence in Asia
    The history wars between Japan and China over JapanÂ’s war time roles periodically cause diplomatic fall outs between these two countries. Within the borders of Indonesia, India and Cambodia memories of violence are equally co...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-463  World War Two in Asia and the Pacific     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-471  Postcolonial and Indigenous Histories
    This seminar critically examines the scholarly phenomenon of postcolonialism in relation to the recovery and writing of Indigenous and colonised histories, and the related political struggles of Indigenous peoples around the world. The seminar will b...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-415  Middle Eastern Wars: Jihad & Resistance
    The basic meaning of the word Jihad is 'effort,' one to achieve a positive goal. The effort can be personal and spiritual, to achieve piety and moral integrity, or collective and physical participation in warfare to protect or advance a mor...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-429  Dilemmas of European Unity     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     

    Cultures and Regions

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    107-436  Postcolonial Visual Art
    This subject focuses on contemporary cross-cultural visual art in relation to its colonial heritage. Responses to the colonial archive are a significant current in late 20th and early 21st century postcolonial culture. In many different contexts and ...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-406  Aspects of Stalinism
    This advanced seminar examines key aspects of the nature of the Soviet political system under Stalin, especially as we now understand them in the light of new archival materials. It also considers the way in which these problems have been viewed by h...     Semester 1     12.50

    HIST40010  Current Themes in American History     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-419  The Troubles in Northern Ireland 1968-98     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

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