- Code INTR8068
- 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
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Wesley Widmaier
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
Why did the Soviet Union collapse? Why did the United States invade Iraq in 2003? Why does North Korea continue to pursue a nuclear weapons program, despite almost universal condemnation? Why would China seek to expand its influence in the Asia-Pacific? 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand how the Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) subfield relates to the broader discipline of International Relations
- Demonstrate a strong grasp of the history, key texts, and research priorities of FPA
- Show an awareness of the pressures, constraints and incentives that affect foreign policy decision-makers
- Display an ability to critically assess the concepts, debates, and key issues of FPA and effectively communicate their thinking on these issues
- 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]
- Short Essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Multiple Choice Quiz (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Take-home Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
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