Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kumuda Simpson


Previously coded PLT2960


This unit explores the foreign policy of the United States of America. The issues looked at include: factors shaping decision making in Washington; policies towards selected countries; and US perspectives on international order. An important theme is the playing out of the relationship between the 'politics of principle' and the 'politics of power'. The unit is presented as a subset of the broader study of International Relations.


This subject has the following objectives:

  1. to introduce students to contemporary US foreign policy - including its context, formulation, substance and consequences
  2. to enhance the ability of students to engage in critical reflection and produce reasoned, soundly structured and well presented debate on the role of Washington in the contemporary international system.


Essay plan (250 words):5%
Essay (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A first-year sequence in International Relations or Politics or permission.