Australian Foreign Policy

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australian Foreign Policy

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Pacific Studies, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course examines contemporary Australian foreign policy. We explore theories of foreign policy in international relations before examining the process of foreign policy formation and the role of history, culture and identity in influencing Australian foreign policy. We then apply these insights to Australian foreign policy in exploring Australia's key relationships (including the US, Asia-Pacific and UN system) and its engagement with key issues in global politics (including security, economics, development and environment).
    Course Introduction
    POLS2201 examines contemporary Australian foreign policy. It looks at contending approaches to the study of foreign policy, the historical context of Australian foreign policy and the process of foreign policy formation. It then explores key current and future foreign policy relationships (ranging from the US to China, Japan, SE Asia, the Pacific and India) to key international issues confronting Australia, (ranging from environmental change to security challenges, development imperatives and human rights).
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • demonstrate knowledge of contemporary Australian foreign policy.
    • apply theories of foreign policy and international relations to Australian foreign policy dynamics and practices
    • evaluate the effectiveness of Australian foreign policy practices and strategies
    • apply knowledge of foreign policy issues to current events.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Assessment Summary
    Participation: 10%
    Policy Recommendation: 20%
    Essay: 40%
    Final Exam: 30%

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