- Code POLS3001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest International Relations, Security Studies, Diplomacy, International Affairs, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Sean Burges
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2015
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This course will introduce students to the main techniques and theories for analyzing and understanding how governments make foreign policy decisions. It will be divided into two main interactive components. The first will be dedicated to surveying the leading theories on foreign policy decision-making to provide an avenue for addressing questions such as: What role do personalities play in the process? Does the bureaucracy have an impact? Where do questions of national identity and ambition fit in? How does the form of political regime – democratic or authoritarian – impact the decision-making process? What impact do external factors and structural constraints have on foreign policy decision-making? The second component will emphasize participation and application of the theories through case studies that will be drawn from Australia’s diplomatic history as well as well-known international examples.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain different theories of foreign policy analysis
- Analyse strengths and weaknesses of different approaches
to foreign policy analysis.
- Apply theories of foreign policy analysis to specific
- Conduct research, think critically and develop academic
writing styles to suit different purposes.
- Understand the issues and processes described and to relate them to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.
Take-home exam – 2,500 words -- 40% [outcomes 1, 2]
Case-based research paper – 2,500 words -- 40% [outcome 1,3,4,5]
Oral case study group presentation – 20 mins - 10% [outcomes 3,4,5]
Tutorial participation -- 10% [outcomes 1,3,5]
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26 hours of lecture 12 hours of tutorial and a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week over the semester (total workload 130 hours).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1641||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|