1 x 4-day intensive workshop per semester
1 x 1-hour on-line tutorial once-only
1 Admission into BIR-Bachelor of International Relations
1a Admission into BA-Bachelor of Arts
1b Admission into BAHA-Bachelor of Arts - Enhanced Program for High Achievers
1c Admission into BAGIS-Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems
1d Admission into BASC-Bachelor of Arts and Science
1e Admission into BEDECBA-Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Arts
1f Admission into BAMTEC-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
1g Admission into BEDPRBA-Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts
1h Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
1i Admission into BMEDIA-Bachelor of Media
1j Admission into BJS-Bachelor of Justice and Society
1k Admission into BIS-Bachelor of International Studies
2 36 Units completed in the course
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k) and 2)
Topic description
This topic takes the form of an intensive topic held on the Flinders campus in which distance students participate in real time using educational ICTs including Skype, Flinders Learning Online (FLO), live-streamed video and chat. Central to the learning experience is participation in a synchronous in-person and online simulation of a realistic and complex international policy scenario. This aims to equip students with the skills that enable them to perform professionally and socially in an international and multicultural context as well as building discipline knowledge in international relations and international development.

This year's focus is Timor-Leste (East Timor) and the challenges this country faces within a context of rapid economic growth and social transformation in the Asian region. Students will explore a number of themes that cut across international relations and international development, including: the developmental state and its role in shaping the nation; political and economic relations between Timor-Leste and key states including Australia, Indonesia, China & USA; Timor-Leste's economy and its reliance on oil resources in the context of contested maritime borders; development issues in post-conflict situations,such as a young population, under- and unemployment, reintegration of guerrilla fighters, and low level community tensions. Students will apply their academic knowledge in a complex policy scenario.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  1. provide an opportunity for students to engage in professional analysis of issues and problems in international relations and international development
  2. introduce students to complex problems and problem solving skills in international relations and international development using a simulated realistic workplace scenario
  3. provide students with opportunities to develop professional communication skills - oral and written - with special attention to communicating across cultural, linguistic, disciplinary and physical boundaries through the use of ICTs
  4. further develop students' skills in academic research, bibliographic analysis and professional writing
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should be able to:
  1. produce a well-informed analysis of advanced-level academic and policy literature in an area of international relations and international development
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the complex challenges faced by countries and of productive ways to approach them
  3. demonstrate advanced and effective communication skills, both face-to-face and mediated through ICTs
  4. collaborate constructively with others in complex professional environments
  5. evaluate their own progress towards meeting their learning and professional goals