AIR101 - World in Crisis

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Cai Wilkinson
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: AIR108
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided) and 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit introduces students to key themes, structures, actors and issues in contemporary international politics. These include the challenges of state violence and terrorism, borders and people movements, crises in the global economy, human rights and the global order, and the challenges of nationalism and globalisation.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Comprehend the primary political structures, actors and themes in contemporary international politics

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically assess arguments from a number of sources in order to make an evaluation of problems and challenges in global politics

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Construct convincing arguments with reference to problems in global politics that are lucid, persuasive and evidence based

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Reflect on how the study of International Relations informs one's understanding of global issues and challenges

GLO1: Discipline specific

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO7: Team Work

GLO8: Global Citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Individual Reflection

1200 words
or equivalent
30% Reflection on key readings from weeks 1 - 3
Assessment 2 - Individual Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 9
Assessment 3 - Individual Report  1200 words or equivalent 30% End-of-unit assessment period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIR101
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only. 

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