• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amy Catalinac
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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What determines a state's foreign policy decisions?  Which domestic political factors matter, and how do they matter?  How do features of the international system affect the choices made by states?  The purpose of this course is to learn how to apply theories of international relations to the study of state behaviour.   The course begins by providing an overview of the major theories of international relations, then moves to questions of research design and methodology.  The specific drivers of foreign policy we will study include domestic political institutions; public opinion and the media; leadership and personality; territory and demography; and international organizations.   The course concludes by examining two substantive policy areas: the use of force and trade.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students should be able to:

1. Understand the major theories of international relations and how they differ from one another;

2. Understand the major domestic and international drivers of foreign and security policy;

3. Understand the foreign and security policies pursued by countries in the Asia-Pacific region;

4. Display a critical understanding of the factors influencing decisions to use force and trade policy;

5. The capacity to conduct research and make an argument in both written and oral work (as developed through written assessments and in-class discussions);

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation in Discussion - 10%          
  2. Mid-term Exam – 40%                    
  3. Research Essay – 50%

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Workload

One 2-hour seminar per week (over 13 weeks) with the expectation of a further 8 hours per week of independent study.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts will be provided via Wattle.

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:
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 $1926
2004 $1926
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2520
2008 $2592
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3708
2004 $3708
2005 $3708
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, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4655 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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