• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof William Tow
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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The Asia-Pacific is undergoing substantial geopolitical change.  Accustomed to playing a dominant strategic role in the region during much of the post-war era, the United States is increasingly compelled to search for new and different regional strategies from those it has traditionally projected as a 'regional hegemon'.  This course will initially review what approaches and policies have underscored US security doctrinal thinking in an Asia-Pacific context.  It will then assess major factors now affecting US power relativities and how such factors are re-constituting the strategic role in the region.  It will then apply these investigations to selected case studies of US policy interests and behaviour in the contemporary Asian security environment.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should have:

 

  1. A comprehensive knowledge of the evolution of America’s foreign relations and security polices;
  2. A greater understanding of the key drivers of American security policy behaviour in the Asia-Pacific, including the extent and limits of American influence;
  3. Deeper insights into regional foreign policy and security challenges from contending American perspectives, including an awareness of the complexities and vagaries of the United States' foreign policy formulation process;
  4. A developed capacity to present strong arguments in their written and oral work and to link relevant concepts and theories to actual practice skills (as developed through written assessments, in-class discussions and tutorial-based activities).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation     10%                
  2. Short Essay                  20%                     
  3. Research Essay              40%
  4. Final Examination         30%

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Workload

35 contact hours per semester

A 2-hour lecture session per week for 12 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks of the  semester 


Prescribed Texts

Sutter, Robert G. (ed), The United States in Asia (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Majors

Minors

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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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
8319 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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