POLS202-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

International Relations and Humanitarian Ideals

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020

Description

This course examines the intersection of international relations and humanitarian ideals. It examines debates over the meaning of sovereignty, the role of identity and ethnicity in war, and the impact of human rights in international and global politics. These issues are illustrated via case studies of humanitarian intervention and the war on terror.

This course introduces students to the various perspectives and issues surrounding the intersections of international relations and humanitarian idealism. The course begins by drawing contrasts between the dominant schools of international relations thought (realism and liberalism) as well as more recent critical currents. These contrasts are then applied to a variety of issues that dominate our contemporary understanding of international politics, including human rights, disarmament, refugees, humanitarian intervention, and the war on terror.  

Course Aims:

This course aims to foster an understanding of the place of humanitarian ideology within the theory and practice of international relations. The lectures provide an overview of the key theoretical and practical issues, while the readings provide additional depth and challenge students to read at a more advanced level. The assessments are intended to encourage engagement with and participation in the course with the aim of improving research, verbal and writing skills. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the meaning and function of humanitarianism in international relations and should have some appreciation of the impact that theory has upon the practice of international politics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Through lecture attendance, assessment, and discussion, students should:

  • be capable of understanding and participating in complex debates surrounding the role of humanitarianism in international relations;
  • be prepared for further study in the areas of international relations theory, human rights, and humanitarian intervention;
  • have a detailed understanding of the arguments for and against humanitarian intervention;
  • have a detailed understanding of a variety of case studies of humanitarian intervention;
  • gain additional research and writing skills that will advance them beyond the first year stage and  prepare them for more intensive work at third year level and beyond.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

Any 15 points at 100 level from POLS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or
LAWS, GEOG, or
the Schedule V of the BCom.

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A4 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 460 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
02 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 427 Technology Workshop 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
03 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Lecturer

Jeremy Moses

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tutorial attendance and participation 20% Assessment based on 10 tutorials
Major essay 40% 2,000 - 2,500 words
Final Exam 30%
Reading Tests 10% 10 Multiple choice Tests - weekly

Textbooks / Resources

All required readings will be posted on the POLS202 Learn site.

Additional Course Outline Information

Where to submit and collect work

Essay boxes are located on the 5th floor Locke, outside the POLS office, Locke 501.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All POLS202 Occurrences

  • POLS202-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020