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International Cooperation HIR308


International cooperation has undoubtly a positive ring to it. Recent decades have seen an impressive increase in inter-governmental and transnational cooperation, which often have been hailed for creating policies of peace and prosperity. Examples include the European Union, the Arms Trade Treaty or global measures for preventing climate change decided in Paris in 2015. However, international cooperation has also a dark side to it. It notably tends to (re)produce structures of inequality and injustice. With hindsight, for instance, we remember the 1884 Berlin Conference as a negative example of international cooperation as it carried on the colonization of Africa (the famous scramble for Africa), hence institutionalizing the looting and the violence and exploitation of the continent. However, at its times, the conference was seen as a peace conference as it avoided armed conflict between the two great powers of the time, France and Great-Britain. International cooperation is, as this example shows, often highly ambiguous. While it creates on the one hand conditions for a more peaceful and prosperous world, it also (re)creates conditions for exploitation and injustice. This unit will explore this ambiguity by looking at both sides of international cooperation: its bright side with is potential of solving major global problems and conflicts (climate change, wars, famine etc.) and its dark side, i.e. the conditions of power inequality and domination on which cooperation is often predicated on and which it institutionalizeds and reproduces.


Unit name International Cooperation
Unit code HIR308
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Coordinator Doctor Catherine Goetze
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain different forms and instances of inter-governmental and transnational cooperation.
  • Analyse key arguments and theoretical debates in the field of international cooperation.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge from mainstream and critical approaches to empirical cases of international relations.
  • Communicate coherently in written and/or oral formats drawing upon evidence to support your argument.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090101 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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HPP101 OR HIR101


AssessmentReading diary (25%)|Tutorial participation (25%)|Essay (50%)
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