- Class Number 4288
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Dr Benjamin Day
- Dr Benjamin Day
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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
This course flows out of my research within the subfield of Foreign Policy Analysis, most notably my contribution to the text, co-authored with Valerie Hudson, 'Foreign Policy Analysis: Classis and Contemporary Theory'.
There is no required text for this course. All readings will be made available via wattle. However, the coruse closely follows the following text, which is available electronically from the ANU Library:
Hudson, Valerie M., and Benjamin S. Day. 2019. Foreign Policy Analysis: Classic and Contemporary Theory. Third Edition. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
Available for students online via the ANU library at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/anu/detail.action?docID=5841893
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introducing Foreign Policy Analysis|
|2||Cognitive Biases & Decisionmaking|
|3||Personality of Leaders|
|4||Small Group Dynamics|
|6||Public Opinion and the Media|
|7||[No Seminar]||Assessment Item 2|
|9||Culture and National Identity|
|11||The International System|
|12||Linking Levels of Analysis|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Short Essay||30 %||28/03/2022||28/03/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Multiple Choice & Short Essay Exam||20 %||21/04/2022||05/05/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Research Essay||50 %||06/06/2022||*||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
During the lead-up to the United States Presidential Election in November 2016, the now former President Donald Trump’s ‘extreme personality’ was a prominent topic. The prospective implications of Trump’s psychology for the functioning of White House decisionmaking processes were regularly speculated on, notably by Dan P. McAdams in a psychological portrait published in The Atlantic in June 2016. With Trump’s departure from the White House (at least for now!) we are in a position to make an assessment of how Trump’s personality impacted how foreign policy was conducted during his presidency.
Your task in this essay is to choose one of the four aspects of Trump’s personality (his disposition, his mental habits, his motivations or his self-conception) examined by McAdams and critically assess how it affected foreign policy decisionmaking dynamics in the Trump White House.
Your essay should draw on contemporary accounts of the Trump White House and provide specific evidence about how Trump’s personality influenced (or potentially influenced) foreign policy decisionmaking. Evidence can be drawn from sources including Trump’s speeches and interviews, insider accounts and newspaper reports. You might like to consider focusing on a single foreign policy decision, such as the decision to launch airstrikes on Syria. Alternatively, you may wish to track how an aspect of Trump’s personality impacted a range of his administration’s foreign policy decisions over time.
Length: 1,500 Words
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Multiple Choice & Short Essay Exam
A Multiple Choice / Short Essay Exam will be held during the timeslot usually occupied by the seminar in Week 7 (i.e. 2-4pm on 21 April). The exam will be administered via Wattle and cover material from Modules I and II of the course (i.e. from Seminar 1 through 6). Further details on how to prepare will be provided in class ahead of the exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The question your research essay must response to is:
Why did the United States decide to invade Iraq in 2003?
Your essay will respond to this question using the Foreign Policy Analysis literature. You must nominate what you consider to be the two or three most important factors that led to this decision. Your response will justify your choice of factors, account for how they influenced the decisionmaking process and analyse how these factors interacted in leading to the decision to invade.
Length: 3,000 Words
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Foreign Policy Analysis, International Development, Decision making, Agenda-setting
Dr Benjamin Day