• 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
    • Benjamin Day
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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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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One 2-hour seminar per week (over 12 weeks) with the expectation of a further 8 hours per week of independent study.

Prescribed Texts

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9517 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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