- Class Number 4355
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Charles Miller
- Dr Charles Miller
- 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
This course will introduce students to the main techniques and theories for analyzing and understanding how governments make foreign policy decisions. It will be divided into two main interactive components. The first will be dedicated to surveying the leading theories on foreign policy decision-making to provide an avenue for addressing questions such as: What role do personalities play in the process? Does the bureaucracy have an impact? Where do questions of national identity and ambition fit in? How does the form of political regime - democratic or authoritarian - impact the decision-making process? What impact do external factors and structural constraints have on foreign policy decision-making? The second component will emphasize participation and application of the theories through the research and presentation of selected case studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain different theories of foreign policy analysis;
- analyse strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to foreign policy analysis;
- apply theories of foreign policy analysis to specific cases;
- conduct research, think critically and develop academic writing styles to suit different purposes; and
- understand the issues and processes described and to relate them to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.
Laura Neack (2008), The New Foreign Policy : Power Seeking a Globalized Era (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield)
Valerie M. Hudson (2007), Foreign Policy Analysis: Classic and Contemporary Theory (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield)
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments on assignments
- Verbal feedback to the whole class / seminar group
- Postings through the course Wattle site
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Tuesday - Introduction: Rational Models of decision making Thursday - Behavioural Models of decision making|
|2||Tuesday - Evolutionary Models of decision making Thursday - Forecasting|
|3||Tuesday - Intelligence Analysis Thursday - Government and societal Models of decision making|
|4||Tuesday - Public Opinion Thursday - Economic Coercion|
|5||Tuesday - The Enemy Thursday - Culture and Identity|
|6||Tuesday - The Structure of the International System Thursday - Review|
|7||Cuban Missile Crisis Presentations|
|8||Pearl Harbour Presentations|
|9||Bin Laden Raid Presentations|
|10||Germany WW1 Presentations|
|11||2003 Iraqi Decision Making Presentations|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Seminar Participation||10 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
|Group Case Study Presentation||20 %||*||*||2,3,4|
|Research Essay||25 %||01/06/2022||15/06/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Timed Take-Home Midterm Exam||35 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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You are expected to attend all of your seminar classes and arrive in class ready to constructively engage the presentations made by your classmates. This means you will have, at a minimum, read the set readings for the class on the cases being presented
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
You are expected to attend all of your seminar classes and arrive in class ready to constructively engage the presentations made by your classmates. This means you will have, at a minimum, read the set readings for the class on the cases being presented. Remember, the cases presented in the seminar classes will be examined on the final take- home exam.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 4,5
Due Date: Thursday 31st March, 11.59pm
Details of task: You must make a probabilistic forecast for each of the following events – 1) that an anti-Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan will capture at least one Afghan provincial capital by the end of 2022; 2) that there will be a military (air, sea or land) clash between uniformed military personnel of the Russian Federation and a NATO member state by the end of the year, resulting in at least ten fatalities in total; 3) that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be re-elected in the Presidential elections this year. For each forecast you should write a 500 word explanation.
Word limit: 1,500 words
Value: 10% of final grade
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4
Group Case Study Presentation
Details of task: Each seminar class will be assigned at random to one of the cases. You will also be assigned at random to either the ‘blue team’, which must defend the policy actually undertaken by the policy maker in this case, or to the ‘red team’, which must critique the decision. You must use the concepts you have been introduced to in the first half of the course to devise or to critique the policy recommendation. The blue team and red team are not in competition with one another - both teams can get an HD if the quality is sufficient and part of your mark will be based on whether you provide the other team with sufficient and timely information to allow them to fulfil their allotted role.
Value: 20% of final grade
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Due Date: Wednesday 1st June, 11.59pm
Details of task: Write an argumentative essay analyzing the reasons for the decision which was taken (by the relevant decision maker) in the case study on which you presented in light of the theories presented in this course. For instance, if you presented on the Cuban Missile Crisis you should write about why President Kennedy decided to order a blockade even if your group advocated a different decision in the presentation. To be clear, each member of the group must write and submit their own, independent essay. The assignment will be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin and results will be released through the Wattle platform. References will be included in the word count.
Word limit (where applicable): 1,500 words
Value: 25% of final grade
Estimated return date: Two weeks after submission
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Timed Take-Home Midterm Exam
Details of task: You will answer a series of questions about the theoretical material covered in the lectures. The exam will be of a take home format with an irrevocable submission deadline – late submissions will not be accepted. Answers must be in full sentence form and prepared on a word processor so that they may be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin. Results will be released through the Wattle platform.
Word limit: 1,500 words
Value: 35% of final grade
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Public opinion and foreign policy, war and peace, military organizations, research methods
Dr Charles Miller