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.
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);
- Participation in Discussion - 10%
- Mid-term Exam – 40%
- Research Essay – 50%
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One 2-hour seminar per week (over 13 weeks) with the expectation of a further 8 hours per week of independent study.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9600||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|