Political Science (POLI) 330

International and Global Politics (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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POLI 330 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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POLI 330 is about international and global politics. While it includes the study of the relations between states in the international context, it also studies the relationships between multinational corporations, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other actors, as well as the significance of other forces at play in the global context such as gender, class, and race.

The course enables students to explore military and security politics as well as trade, the global debt crisis, and gender. Finally, the course attempts to encourage students to recognize how global politics affects their lives and how much they are a part of it.


  • Unit 1: Approaching International Relations and Global Politics
  • Unit 2: The Historical Context of International Relations
  • Unit 3: Theories of International Relations
  • Unit 4: International Security
  • Unit 5: International Political Economy and Development
  • Unit 6: Governance in a Globalized Era


To receive credit for POLI 330, for the POLI 330 you must complete all assignments, and you must receive a mark of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent)on both the exam and overall course. Should you obtain a grade of less than 50 per cent you may write a supplemental final exam. A passing grade of 50 per cent is also required for the supplemental exam. Only one supplemental exam is permitted.

Assignment 1 25%
Assignment 2 35%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Baylis, John, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens. 2014. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. 6th Edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Knight, W. Andy, and Tom Keating. 2010. Global Politics, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Kaarbo, Juliet, and James Lee Ray. 2011. Global Politics, 10th Edition. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Other materials

The course materials also include a study guide and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the POLI 330 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, May 10, 2013.

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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services