COURSE CODE BAI212 COURSE NAME INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Task brief & rubrics
Task (Part 2 of Course Assessment):
• Individual task
• The task is split in to three sections (essay type from different IR topics):
o Exercises – worth 20% of the marks for this task, split in to 2 exercises worth 10% of the marks each for this task.
Question 1 (10%) From recent years Chinese representatives have claimed that their country is embarked on a “peaceful rise”, meaning that China will emerge
as a major world power in a peaceful manner, without major disruption to the international system. Some scholars think, however, that a change in the general
distribution of power in the international system occasions major war, or comes about through major war. Give arguments supporting “peaceful rise” as a
theoretically plausible concept.
Question 2 (10%) For more than a decade some academics and political actors have been declaring that the sovereign state is just about dead. The reality is that
the states are still here and it doesn’t seem that they will soon disappear. Indicate how has the concept of sovereignty changed and to what extent, and in which
areas, has national autonomy become weaker, and to what extent and in which areas has national autonomy become stronger?
o Case study – worth 30% of the marks for this task.
Question 3 (30%) Many academic realists opposed the 2003 Iraq invasion. They argued that this opposition followed logically from their theory/theories of
International Relations. Some are sceptical of this. Drawing on your knowledge of realism, make the realist case against invasion.
o Critical thinking questions – worth 50% of the marks for this task, split in to 2 questions worth 25% of the marks each for this task.
Question 4 (25%) Some observers see globalization as a recent process, occurring over the last few decades, and producing lasting changes in the structure of
global politics; others view globalization more as a long-run historical process, one which decline and rise over time. (a) briefly define “globalization”; (b) discuss
the impact of globalization on the following domestic policy areas –taxation and -environmental; and (c) discuss whether globalization, given your response in
section (b), is “something new” or part of a longer-range historical process.
Question 5 (25%) Last year’s we can see that US is a highly politically divided country. One of the central contemporary debates regarding US foreign policy has
been between those who claim that US assertion of national interest in a unilateral manner is good politics and likely to be effective in achieving its goals, and
those who consider US policy most effective if it unfolds within a multilateral framework. Discuss these contending claims, highlighting normative, theoretical
and empirical differences between them regarding traditional issues of international politics such as realism, power, hegemony, trade, diplomacy, and alliance
• Contextual information (PWP’s and in-class lectures).
• Expected table of contents (NO).
• Students should submit their task (document) in pdf.
• Wordcount: 2.000 words.
• Cover, Table of Contents, References and Appendix are excluded of the total wordcount.
• Font: Arial 12,5 pts.
• Text alignment: Justified.
• The in-text References and the Bibliography have to be in Harvard’s citation style.
Submission: Week 10 – Via Moodle (Turnitin). Deadline: (Week 12) 9th January 2021 at 23:59 CEST.
Weight: This task is a 60% of your total grade for this subject.
It assesses the following learning outcomes:
• Outcome 1: Identify and distinguish between the main theories of IR;
• Outcome 2: Understand the central debates in contemporary international studies;
• Outcome 5: Describe the nature of units and social structures within the contemporary international system.
Exceptional 90-100 Good 80-89 Fair 70-79 Marginal fail 60-69
Knowledge & Understanding
International Relations student demonstrates excellent understanding of key concepts and uses vocabulary in an entirely appropriate manner.
International Relations student demonstrates good understanding of the task and mentions some relevant concepts and demonstrates use of the relevant vocabulary.
International Relations student understands the task and provides minimum theory and/or some use of vocabulary.
International Relations student understands the task and attempts to answer the question but does not mention key concepts or uses minimum amount of relevant vocabulary.
Application (30%) Student applies fully relevant knowledge from the topics delivered in class.
Student applies mostly relevant knowledge from the topics delivered in class.
Student applies some relevant knowledge from the topics delivered in class. Misunderstanding may be evident.
Student applies little relevant knowledge from the topics delivered in class. Misunderstands are evident.
Critical Thinking (30%)
Student critically assesses in excellent ways, drawing outstanding conclusions from relevant authors.
Student critically assesses in good ways, drawing conclusions from relevant authors and references.
Student provides some insights but stays on the surface of the topic. References may not be relevant.
Student makes little or noncritical thinking insights, does not quote appropriate authors, and does not provide valid sources.
Student communicates their ideas extremely clearly and concisely, respecting word count, grammar and spellcheck.
Student communicates their ideas clearly and concisely, respecting word count, grammar and spellcheck.
Student communicates their ideas with some clarity and concision. It may be slightly over or under the wordcount limit. Some misspelling errors may be evident.
Student communicates their ideas in a somewhat unclear and unconcise way. Does not reach or does exceed wordcount excessively and misspelling errors are evident.