Australia''s Foreign Relations
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course offers an overview of Australia's foreign relations. It covers economic, social, political and diplomatic relations, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The course covers: the history of Australia's foreign relations; the foreign policies of the Coalition and Labor governments; defence policy and new security issues; foreign aid and the environment; Australia's foreign economic relations; relations with Asia and the United States; and the concept of national interest.Course IntroductionThis course provides students in relevant undergraduate programs with a high level introduction to Australia's foreign relations and foreign policy. It investigates both the theory and practice of Australia's relationship with the world and the Asia-Pacific region. The course investigates Australia's foreign relations from colonial times to the present day. It also helps students to develop the analytical tools necessary to assess future possibilities for Australia's foreign relations. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of key debates, interests and policy through a critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources.Course AimsThis course focuses on Australia's foreign relations and its major aims are to:develop an understanding of the key concepts, historical circumstances and current issues that have shaped and are shaping Australia's foreign relationsencourage a knowledge and understanding of how Australia's position and role in the contemporary international system is perceived and how such perceptions affect current Australian policydevelop a capacity to undertake critical assessment and analysis of Australia's foreign relations and the associated academic literatureLearning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1. CRITICALLY EVALUATE1.1 the body of literature and knowledge associated with Australia's foreign relations1.2 the history of Australia's foreign relations1.3 the major problems and challenges confronting Australia in the region and the world - both historical and contemporary1.4 how developments within the broader international system affect Australia's relations with other states and international actors2. THE COURSE ALSO AIMS2.1 to develop students' writing and analytical skills and their ability to make critical assessments about Australia's foreign relations2.2 to develop students' ability to discuss issues critically in large groups
Weighting/Marked out of
Assignment - Research-based Assignment
Exam - constructed response
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.