Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2021.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3200. Students who have successfully completed HIST3200 are not eligible to enrol in HIST3201.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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;

4. Communicate clear and concise arguments in written and oral forms at an intermediate level.


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.


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed HIST3200.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class Examination (20%)

Essay: Major Research Essay (50%)

Written Assignment: Seminar Paper (20%)

Presentation: Oral Presentation and participation in Seminar discussions (10%)

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