Course Title: International Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Studies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


TRN RMIT Training


Term2 2018,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term 1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Coordinator: Team Leader

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3069

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine the role of power in the twenty- first century and you will be introduced to the key concepts, actors and ideas in global politics. You will learn how different social, political, and economic forces shape events at the international level, including how state and non-state actors interact and respond to global challenges and crises. With a focus on the Asia-Pacific region, this course provides you with the foundations to critically explore, explain and evaluate a range of contemporary issues, the rise of Global Actors, global governance and climate change.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Define and explain key terms such as power, sovereignty, states, national interest, and use them in the appropriate context.
  2. Evaluate the power of key global actors in the twenty-first century and assess the extent to which they have achieved their aims.
  3. Research and synthesise contemporary evidence to draw conclusions about vital issues facing the international community.
  4. Critically discuss and argue a considered position.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Employ academic English and communication skills appropriately in a range of academic contexts.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity and capability in study skills for an Australian university environment.
  3. Work independently and in groups to meet learning outcomes.
  4. Apply introductory level research skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will comprise a mix of lectures, class exercises, projects, group work, and oral presentations.

In the course you are expected to take a critical and independent approach to learning. Active preparation, participation and negotiated learning between you and your teacher is important for your success in the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be supported in your studies with online resources via myRMIT This portal gives you access to important announcements, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials.

You will also have access to the Learning Lab for support with your assessment and learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will include:

  1. Quizzes (30%) (CLO1; CLO2)
  2. Non-profit organisation (NGO) research project (30%) (CLO1; CLO2; CLO3)
  3. Group debate (15%) (CLO3; CLO4)
  4. Exam (25%) (CLO1; CLO2; CLO4)

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: