International Issues in Australian Politics and Foreign Policy

Course code HIST1350Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will focus on international issues in Australian politics - the position adopted by Australian governments, and by political parties and pressure groups in Australia, in regard to key issues in international diplomacy and Australia's relations with other countries. The course will examine policy areas traditionally associated with Australian foreign policy, such as defence and trade, but it will also refer to the widening policy agenda, such as human rights and environmental negotiations, associated with globalisation and Australia's participation in multi-lateral institutions such as the UN and the APEC Forum.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of key issues in Australia's international relationships with other countries and multi-lateral institutions.

2. Demonstrate an ability to research, analyse and evaluate different policy options to do with key issues in Australia's international relationships.

3. Demonstrate an ability to relate this knowledge and analysis to wider theories in the fields of international relations and political science.

4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate this knowledge and analytical capacity in effective oral and written form.
ContentThe course will focus on the positions advocated within Australian politics and adopted by Australian governments on a range of international issues and negotiations:
1. The history of Australian foreign policy
2. The making of foreign policy
3. Economic Issues - trade, managing the global economy
4. Social Issues - human rights in foreign policy, foreign aid
5. Environmental Issues - international negotiations
6. Defence and Security Issues - international and regional; the US relationship; terrorism
7. Regional and Country to country relationships: South Asia; China, Indonesia.
Replacing Course(s)HUMA1350
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HUMA1350 should not enrol in HIST1350.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment will be based on a mix of written assignments, such as a tutorial paper, an essay and an exam, plus a small component for contribution to class discussion.
Other: (please specify)Specific instructions about the weighting, timing and word limits of all assessment tasks will be found in the Course Outline available in the first week of the semester.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term