GLOBAL POLITICS

Unit 3 Semester 1

Global actors
Students investigate the key global actors in twenty-first century global politics. They use contemporary evidence to analyse the key global actors and their aims, roles and power. This helps them to develop an understanding of the key actors through an in-depth examination of the concepts of national interest and power as they relate to the state, and the way in which one Asia-Pacific state uses power within the region to achieve its objectives.
For the purposes of this study, the term ‘non-state actors’ covers a range of global actors: altruistic non-governments organisations (NGOs), for example Amnesty International and Greenpeace; terrorist movements and organised crime syndicates.
This unit is concerned with contemporary issues and events. Students need to understand the antecedents in issues and events before the twenty-first century, in oder to to contextualise contemporary global situations. The focus needs to be on the twenty-first century when choosing particular examples and case studies.

Unit 4 Semester 2

Global challenges
In this unit students investigate key global challenges facing the international community in the twenty-first century. They examine and analyse the debates surrounding two ethical issues, which are underpinned by the contested notion of global citizenship. They then evaluate the effectiveness of responses to these issues. Students also explore the context and causes of global crises, and consider the varying effectiveness of responses and challenges to solving them.
This unit is concerned with contemporary issues and events. While these may have antecedents in issues and events before the twenty-first century, that students need to understand to contextualise contemporary global situations, focus needs to be on the twenty-first century when choosing particular examples and case studies.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework – Unit 3 (25%)
2. Coursework – Unit 4 (25%)
3. Examination – (50%)