POLS3203 – Power and Order in Transnational Politics

Lecturer Dr Phil Orchard
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty HASS
Prerequisites None
Contact Hours 2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
Semester(s) Taught Semester 2
Course Units 2
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POLS3203 – Power and Order in Transnational Politics 45.3

This course proved to be quite the anti-climax as the capstone of undergraduate International Relations. The entire course was structured around the rationalist/constructivist divide within IR scholarship. We pondered questions as to whether 'new wars' (those pertaining to the post-Cold War period) are really new, whether the nation state is now superfluous with the rise of international organisations/civil society. The Cuban Missile Crisis simulation was the highlight of an overall unstimulating course. There was little practical utility within this course - the course felt like a sponsorship deal for POLSIS and postgraduate study. To do well, lectures are definitely not a necessity (and with an 4,500-word essay worth 60%, you'd be best to concentrate your time on that).

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2014

Your program/major

BA/International Relations

Is lecture attendance necessary?


Is the textbook necessary?


  • Really friendly tutors
  • Very rudimentary subject-matter
  • Boring lectures; dry deliver of lecture content
  • Theoretical - not helpful for post-employment
Posted on November 7, 2014 8:53 pm

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