Foreign Relations:Australia and the Great Powers


Traces the foreign relations of Australia in the context of major international developments from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present day. The course is divided equally between an assessment of Australia's relations with Britain and one of relations with the USA. There will be scope for specialisation on Australian aspects as well as British and American aspects of foreign relations.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate an understanding of the key issues in the history of Australian foreign relations;

2. analyse documents and a variety of source materials;

3. recognise the different themes in history (diplomatic, military, economic, social) and synthesise sources in oral and written form.


The initial focus is on the importance of British Empire to Australia from the first settlement to Australia's reaction to Britain's decision to withdraw east of the Suez in 1967. The course then traces the origins of Australia's relations with the United States, assessing the intelligence, defence and trade relationship from the Second World War to the present day. ANZUS, Vietnam and the role of US bases in Australia will be points of particular emphasis. Finally, there will be an assessment of Australia's dependence on ,Great and Powerful Friends, in the period since 1975.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: class examination

Essay: Major research essay,

Written Assignment: Seminar paper

Presentation: Oral presentation and participation in seminar Discussions

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term