International Relations Theory

International Relations Theory
Tutorial 1 1. Identify the three ‘mechanisms’ of
progress in liberal internationalism
Wk. 2: Liberal internationalism and explain their main assumptions.
2. Why is liberal internationalism often
Reading: associated with ‘idealism’? Is this
Griffiths (2011) association valid?
Puchala (2003)

Kane (2012) 3. Can liberal internationalism, as a
dominant theory of IR, survive the
decline of US hegemony?

Tutorial 2 1. What are the basic assumptions that
all theoretical strands of realism
Wk. 3: Realism share?
2. What are the main differences
Reading: between classical realists and neo-
Walt (2002) realists?
Dunne (1997)

Ish-Shalom (2006) 3. Realism has been labelled as a
‘conservative critique’. What aspects
of realism might we consider

Tutorial 3 1. Does Marxism have insights into
imperialism and contemporary
Wk. 4: Critical Theories globalisation that other IR theories
Reading: 2. In what ways are experiences of war,
Renger & Thirkell-White (2007) poverty and development gendered?
Hobden & Wyn-Jones (2001)
Tickner (2002) 3. How might a critical theory
perspective on ‘development’ and
‘governance’ differ from orthodox
liberal approaches

International Relations Theory
Tutorial Project (NA)

The Tutorial Project is designed to help students maintain an ongoing critical engagement
with key course materials throughout the first part ofthe semester, develop the necessary
theoretical knowledge to complete the Theoretical Analysis assessment in the second part
ofthe semester, and promote active and meaningful tutorial and workshop participation.
Task Description:

The Tutorial Project will require students to write written answers to 12 questions (3 x
each tutorial class) based on the required readings and additional resources. The questions
and tutorial schedule is listed below.


Tutorial Project answers should be approx. 200 words long (for each question).

Answers should be word processed and written in complete sentences with appropriate
referencing, spelling and punctuation (i.e. not in dot points). A reference list must be
included at the end of the document listing only the sources cited in the answers.