Australia''s Foreign Relations

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australia''s Foreign Relations

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Affairs

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This 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 Introduction
    This 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 Aims
    This 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 relations
    encourage 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 policy
    develop a capacity to undertake critical assessment and analysis of Australia's foreign relations and the associated academic literature
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1.1 the body of literature and knowledge associated with Australia's foreign relations
    1.2 the history of Australia's foreign relations
    1.3 the major problems and challenges confronting Australia in the region and the world - both historical and contemporary
    1.4 how developments within the broader international system affect Australia's relations with other states and international actors
    2.1 to develop students' writing and analytical skills and their ability to make critical assessments about Australia's foreign relations
    2.2 to develop students' ability to discuss issues critically in large groups

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Research-based Assignment


    Exam - constructed response


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.