• 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, International Affairs
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand how US security interests and objectives operate in the Asia-Pacific region
  2. Appreciate the factors (both internal and external) which shape those interests
  3. Identify the instruments (economic, political and military) that Washington uses in pursuing those interests
  4. Critically analyse the medium-to-longer term prospects for a continued American interest and influence in the region

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. Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Essay (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.  

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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
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

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