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ARTS1811 IR: Continuity & Change. Lecture 1 – 20 July, 2009 Slide 2 - Introduction Teaching staff Coordinator/Lecturer Dr. Anthony Billingsley  Room 133, Morven Brown Phone: 9385 3619 Email:  [email protected] Slide 3 - Tutors Dr. Elizabeth Thurbon – email -  [email protected] Dr. Joanne Pemberton – email -  [email protected]       Dr. Mark Rolfe – email -  [email protected]   Mr. John Fennessy – email -  [email protected] Details of consultation times to be provided in tutorials. Slide 4 - Key Dates Thursday, 27 July: Tutorials begin. Thursday, 27 August: Short answer take-home test. Friday, 2 October: Major essay due. Slide 5 – Course objectives Many of you will have done the introduction to IR course: Continuity & Change builds on that course & takes some of the concepts & ideas  that might have emerged from an historical perspective further & deeper in order  to explore the way that the int. system operates;  We will not be looking at the system from the historical perspective, although  knowledge of IR history is valuable to help with your understanding; We will be looking at the system almost as a living independent organism rather  than as just a theoretical construct. Those of you who have not done the first semester course &/or have little knowledge of  key developments of 20 th  century will not be disadvantaged but it would be good if you  could try to catch up on some of that stuff:
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I believe that, to an extent, there is nothing new under the sun – that there is great  continuity between the behaviour, for example, of the Rudd-Howard-Keating  governments; So I will be referring to major historical events from time to time; The course text has a section dealing with the historical context; You should speak to your tutor or me if you are feeling that you are missing out  on some of what we are talking about. The work of scholars in the field of IR forms an important part of the process of  analysing what goes on in the int. system: We all bring our own biases & preconceived ideas to subjects like this,  including world leaders & their advisers; You only have to look at the operation of the neo-cons in the Bush  administration or the Howard government in Australia to see the workings of  people with ideological commitments; There is nothing wrong with this necessarily but we need to try to  identify these ideologies & their impact; Scholars help us to identify/understand the bases of our prejudices &  ideas; And they help to give us a framework in which we can assess the  appropriateness of particular approaches to IR.
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