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International Relations: A Brief Introduction

In 1919, International Relations (IR) began as a distinct field of study, with the founding of the very first IR professorship: the Woodrow Wilson Chair of IR, at what is now Aberystwyth University in Wales. In 2019, IR has become a well-established academic discipline, which has developed a number of different and exciting ways of examining the... [More]
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<p>In 1919, International Relations (IR) began as a distinct field of study, with the founding of the very first IR professorship: the Woodrow Wilson Chair of IR, at what is now Aberystwyth University

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21 Oct

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Kosciuszko - National Park or Paddock?

Why is NSW’s ‘Brumbies Bill’ so controversial? Why do conservationists oppose ‘heritage horses’ in national parks? Is Kosciuszko a national park or is it being turned into a horse paddock? What are the myths and facts behind feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park? How do feral horses threaten the fragile ecosystem of the Kosciuszko National Park,... [More]
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Why is NSW’s ‘Brumbies Bill’ so controversial? Why do conservationists oppose ‘heritage horses’ in national parks? Is Kosciuszko a national park or is it being turned into a horse paddock? What are

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28 Oct

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International Security: A Brief Introduction

International Security, as a core sub-discipline of International Relations, has traditionally been concerned with issues such as the prevention of war, the promotion of peace, and the strengthening of international order. Since 1994, however, a new focus has developed on the concept of ‘human security’, after the release of a UN Human Development... [More]
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<p>International Security, as a core sub-discipline of International Relations, has traditionally been concerned with issues such as the prevention of war, the promotion of peace, and the

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04 Nov

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International Law: A Brief Introduction

International Law (IL), as a core sub-discipline of International Relations, emerges from the interactions of sovereign states in the international system, and their efforts to regulate and systemise those interactions. In this course, we will begin with an examination of the origins and purpose of IL. Secondly, we will learn about the... [More]
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<p>International Law (IL), as a core sub-discipline of International Relations, emerges from the interactions of sovereign states in the international system, and their efforts to regulate and

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18 Nov

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Putin: 20 Years in Power

After winning his fourth term as president in 2018, his grip on Russia is stronger than ever. Who is Vladimir Putin? What were the formative influences on his politics and character? We look at his career, personal life and his political objectives for Russia. SUGGESTED READING Gorbachev, Mikhail The New Russia, Polity Press, 2016 Kenez, Peter A... [More]
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<p>After winning his fourth term as president in 2018, his grip on Russia is stronger than ever. Who is Vladimir Putin? What were the formative influences on his politics and character? We look at

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25 Nov

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Human Rights: A Brief Introduction

Human Rights (HR) is a concept with a long history, but it has only became widely embraced after the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. In this course, we will begin with an examination of the origins and development of the concept of HR. Secondly, we will look at the codification of HR in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).... [More]
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<p>Human Rights (HR) is a concept with a long history, but it has only became widely embraced after the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. In this course, we will begin with an examination

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02 Dec

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The Study of Civilization - What's All the Fuss About?

A number of social & political theorists, have written treatises on ‘Civilization’. Many of these are ‘celebratory’ in nature with a focus ‘How the West Won!’ But if the West is so much better than ‘the Rest’, how come it has so often relied on brutal colonization to expand? Are wealthy ‘civilized’ societies particularly generous – or not – towards... [More]
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A number of social & political theorists, have written treatises on ‘Civilization’. Many of these are ‘celebratory’ in nature with a focus ‘How the West Won!’ But if the West is so much better than ‘

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09 Dec
This class was originally advertised to run on November 11. It will now run on December 9 instead.

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Will Donald Trump be Impeached?

The Democrats have started proceedings leading to the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. We look at what impeachment means; why has there been discussion of it for some time, and how the process could evolve.... [More]
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The Democrats have started proceedings leading to the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. We look at what impeachment means; why has there been discussion of it for some time, and how the process

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04 Oct

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Rhetoric and Reality in the World of Politics

How can we explain the discrepancies between rhetoric and reality in all aspects of politics? The marked discrepancies are frustrating and debilitating for citizens, journalists, historians and policy analysts. COURSE OUTLINE Discussion of examples of differences between what politicians say and what they actually deliver in the name of public... [More]
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<p>How can we explain the discrepancies between rhetoric and reality in all aspects of politics? The marked discrepancies are frustrating and debilitating for citizens, journalists, historians and

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14 Oct

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