Power is an essential core concept of Global Politics. At the heart of all political issues lies questions about power and how power is distributed. In all types of social relationship, from interpersonal communication, to national and international communities, power dictates the underlying dynamics of relationships. To understand why states and non-state actors act in the way they do, it is therefore necessary to begin a study of Global Politics by unpacking the concept of power. The statement of inquiry for this unit is therefore:
STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Power is expressed in relationships between actors, and works differently according to the system it operates in
Identities and Relationships (Competition and Cooperation) - Students will explore identity; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.
Systems - Systems are sets of interacting or interdependent components. Systems provide structure and order in human, natural and built environments. Systems can be static or dynamic, simple or complex.
RELATED GLOBAL POLITICS CONCEPT(S)
Power - Power is a central concept in the study of global politics and a key focus of the course. Power can be seen as ability to effect change and, rather than being viewed as a unitary or independent force, is as an aspect of relations among people functioning within a social organization. Contested relationships between people and groups of people dominate politics, particularly in this era of increased globalization, and so understanding the dynamics of power plays a prominent role in understanding global politics.