6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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Politics and International Relations
- First semester 2017 (Day)
The unit provides an introduction to foreign policy analysis and the foreign policies of the great and emerging powers.
The unit is divided into two modules:
- an overview of the foundational international relations approaches and theoretical approaches to foreign policy analysis;
- historical and contemporary case studies of the foreign policies of major global and regional powers from the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle-East, including the P5, Japan, India, Iran, Israel and the EU. The unit examines issues integral to the case studies, such as balances of power; threat perceptions and foreign policy; grand strategies; and status-quo and revisionist powers.
This subject has the following objectives:
- to introduce students to contemporary US foreign policy - including its context, formulation, substance and consequences
- 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.
Within semester assessment: 55% + Exam: 45%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Politics or International relations.
ATS2688 and ATS3688