- Code INTR8067
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International Relations
- Areas of interest International Relations, International Affairs
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Wesley Widmaier
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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This course will examine the key security issue-areas and policy influences that currently shape U.S. policy postures toward Asia - arguably the world’s most dynamic region - and measure relative U.S. strategic influence there. The main objectives of the course are to: (1) strengthen students’ understanding of fundamental U.S. foreign policy outlooks, particularly as they apply to American policies directed toward the Asia-Pacific region; (2) facilitate their ability to evaluate how and why key regional actors (predominantly state-centric and institutional entities) are responding to specific forms of U.S. policy behaviour when determining their own security interests and policies; and (3) develop their inclinations to explore alternative explanations for U.S. policy formulation and implementation in the region. While U.S. regional hegemony may be increasingly contested, U.S. power remains an integral part of the increasingly complex geopolitics underwriting Asia-Pacific relations. Understanding its continuing significance and how it functions in that environment is a critical requirement for building one’s knowledge of regional and international security politics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
The basic aim of this course is to give students a sound understanding of the following:
1. US security interests and objectives in the Asia-Pacific region;
2. The factors (both internal and external) which shape those interests;
3. The instruments (economic, political and military) that Washington uses in pursuing those interests; and
4. The medium-to-longer term prospects for a continued American interest and influence in the region.
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
1. Tutorial Participation: 10%
2. Major Essay: 60%
3. Final examination: 30%
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