units

ATS2706

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPolitics and International Relations
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Remy Davison

Synopsis

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.

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

Within semester assessment: 55%
Exam: 45%

Workload requirements

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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Chief examiner(s)

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

Prerequisites

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.

Prohibitions

ATS3706