• 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
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof William Tow
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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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.

 

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

1. Tutorial Participation: 10%

2. Major Essay: 60%

3. Final examination: 30%

 

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Fees

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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
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
8705 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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