• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, International Affairs

This course will examine the key security issue-areas and policy influences that currently shape U.S. policy postures toward Asia - arguably the world's most dynamic region - and measure relative U.S. strategic influence there. The main objectives of the course are to: (1) strengthen students' understanding of fundamental U.S. foreign policy outlooks, particularly as they apply to American policies directed toward the Asia-Pacific region; (2) facilitate their ability to evaluate how and why key regional actors (predominantly state-centric and institutional entities) are responding to specific forms of U.S. policy behaviour when determining their own security interests and policies; and (3) develop their inclinations to explore alternative explanations for U.S. policy formulation and implementation in the region.  While U.S. regional hegemony may be increasingly contested, U.S. power remains an integral part of the increasingly complex geopolitics underwriting Asia-Pacific relations.  Understanding its continuing significance and how it functions in that environment is a critical requirement for building one's knowledge of regional and international security politics.

 

Learning Outcomes

The basic aim of this course is to give students a sound understanding of the following:

1. US security interests and objectives in the Asia-Pacific region;

2. The factors (both internal and external) which shape those interests;

3. The instruments (economic, political and military) that Washington uses in pursuing those interests; and

4. The medium-to-longer term prospects for a continued American interest and influence in the region.

 

Indicative Assessment

1. Short paper (1500 words) equals 20% of total grade;

2. Long essay (2500 words) equals 40% of total grade; and

3. Written examination (2500 words) 40% of total grade.

 

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Workload

The course will be offered over a semester (2 hours x 12 seminars). Students will be expected to attend all sessions regularly and to engage actively in class discussions focusing on the lecturing and reading material. In addition to the course text, students will be provided with recommended reading citations to enhance their in-depth knowledge of weekly lecture/ discussion topics.

 

Prescribed Texts

William H. Overholt, Asia, America, and the Transformation of Geopolitics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1218
2004 $1926
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2298
2008 $2592
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3402
2004 $3816
2005 $3816
2006 $3816
2007 $3816
2008 $3816
2009 $3816
2010 $3942
2011 $3942
2012 $3942
2013 $3942
2014 $3942
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3512 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person

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