• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sarah Logan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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How does Australia engage with the world? Is the country motivated by a constant “fear of abandonment”? This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the main concepts, issues, themes and debates in Australian foreign policy. It covers Australia’s alliances (its relationship with great and powerful friends, especially the United States), participation in a range of global and regional institutions, and engagement with the Asia-Pacific region. It offers both an historical perspective on the evolution of Australian foreign policy approach as well as an understanding of the key challenges facing Australia policymakers today. As key concern for the course is the question of how Australia’s foreign policy thinking is translated into policy practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Detect and trace over time enduring themes that have influenced Australia’s global engagement
  2. Understand the nature of the challenges Australia is facing in responding to the shifting global order
  3. Develop their own views as to the impact of global change on the direction of Australia foreign policy
  4. Communicate their views about the choices Australia should make in response to these changes in a range of formats and settings

Other Information


The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Please note that this assessment is indicative only. The actual assessment for the course is provided in the Class Summary prior to the commencement of the semester in which the course is being conducted and may differ from this assessment. (null) [LO null]
  2. Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9002 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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