POLIS 2128 - Australia Faces the World
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2128 Course Australia Faces the World Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 Arts courses Incompatible POLI 2128 Course Description Australia's history, geography and demography have always affected its foreign and economic policies. This course examines Australia's evolving attitude to its relationship with the rest of the world, as well as the influence that the global environment has on Australian politics through trade and investment, imperialism, immigration and international law. The early part of the course explores the interaction between domestic politics and foreign policy, asking whether there is a distinctive Australian political culture driving continuity and change in these areas. We approach critically the long-term alliances with Britain and the United States, and contemporary engagement with the dynamic economies of Asia and our Pacific neighbours, as well as a range of international organisations such as the United Nations. Theories of international political economy are also used to position Australia in the international system and understand recent changes in the openness of Australia's economy. In both the foreign policy and political economy sections of the course, we compare Australia to states with similar population, colonial history and resource wealth. Case studies may include Australia's involvement in past and recent wars, domestic and foreign policy dimensions of terrorism, populist responses to globalization, international environmental issues, and changing notions of citizenship.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.There will be one online lecture and one two-hour seminar per week.
Course Learning OutcomesAfter this course you should be able to:
- critically analyse Australian public policy, in particular foreign policy and political economy.
- participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.
- write and argue about subjective claims in Australian politics using the basic terminology of social science.
- navigate the large amounts of research material available in this subject through both traditional academic sources and through the use of information technology.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1
Introduction: Between the Great Powers
History and Geography
Constraints on Foreign Policy Making
Globalization and Trade
Finance and Investment
Security and Strategy
Terrorism and Civil Liberties
War as Insurance
Aid and Diplomacy
Nationalism and Immigration
Specific Course RequirementsNone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceDuring weeks 4 and 11, students will work in groups on policy priorities in Australian foreign policy, identifying relevant sources and making a short report to the class.
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Assessment Summary2400 word essay (40%), 1200 word report (20%), 1500 word review exercise (30%),
tutorial participation (10%).
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SubmissionSubmission of essays and reports will be via MyUni.
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