• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Security Studies, Diplomacy, International Affairs, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charles Miller
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain different theories of foreign policy analysis;
  2. analyse strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to foreign policy analysis;
  3. apply theories of foreign policy analysis to specific cases;
  4. conduct research, think critically and develop academic writing styles to suit different purposes; and
  5. understand the issues and processes described and to relate them to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Take-home mid-term exam, 1500 words (30) [LO 1,2]
  2. Case-based research paper, 1500 words (25) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Oral case study group presentation, 20 mins + 25 mins discussion (10) [LO 3,4,5]
  4. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,3,5]
  5. Take-home final exam, 1500 words (25) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 10 days delivered intensively: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Political Science (POLS) courses, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Course reading brick and materials set out through Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with basic concepts and theories of international relations per the requisite course contents.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2290 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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