Australian Foreign Policy
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Australian Culture, Pacific Studies, Public Policy Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis 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 IntroductionPOLS2201 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 ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hourAssessment SummaryParticipation: 10%Policy Recommendation: 20%Essay: 40%Final Exam: 30%
- 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.
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