units

ATS2706

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPolitics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andy Butfoy

Notes

Previously coded PLT2960

Synopsis

This unit is an exploration of the foreign policy of the world's only superpower. The major issues looked at include the way in which the US is responding to the challenges of globalisation and interdependence; US policy regarding international order; and the factors which help shape decision making in Washington. A central theme is the playing out of the relationship between the 'politics of principle' and the 'politics of power'.

Outcomes

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.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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

Prerequisites

A first-year sequence in Politics or permission.

Prohibitions