• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Benjamin Day
    • Dr Deepak Nair
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

 

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand how the Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) subfield relates to the broader discipline of International Relations
  2. Demonstrate a strong grasp of the history, key texts, and research priorities of FPA
  3. Show an awareness of the pressures, constraints and incentives that affect foreign policy decision-makers
  4. Display an ability to critically assess the concepts, debates, and key issues of FPA and effectively communicate their thinking on these issues

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short Essay (1,500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Multiple Choice Quiz (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. Take-home Exam (3,000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, both interactive/seminar based and independent research. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent. 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

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4184 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5709 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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