• 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 Benjamin Day
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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Why did the Soviet Union collapse? Why did the United States invade Iraq in 2003? Why has North Korea pursued a nuclear weapons program, despite almost universal condemnation? Why would China seek to expand its influence around the Asia-Pacific? And how does Australia pursue its overseas aid policy? Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) is the subfield of International Relations that seeks to explain foreign policy behaviour. In order to answer questions like those posed above, this course surveys the subfield of FPA, introducing its key concepts, modes of analysis and classic texts. By doing so, the course aims to equip students with tools to systematically investigate and analyse who and what matters in making foreign policy, as well as when particular factors are most likely to exert influence on foreign policy outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand how the Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) subfield relates to the broader discipline of International Relations;
  2. Demonstrate a strong grasp of the history, key texts, and research priorities of FPA;
  3. Show an awareness of the pressures, constraints and incentives that affect foreign policy decision-makers;
  4. Display an ability to critically assess the concepts, debates, and key issues of FPA and effectively communicate their thinking on these issues.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short Essay (25) [LO 1,3]
  2. Multiple-Choice Quiz (25) [LO 1,2]
  3. Take Home Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

One 2-hour seminar per week (over 12 weeks) with the expectation of a further 8 hours per week of independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts will be provided via Wattle.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9844 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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