POLIS 2129 - Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2129 Course Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours perweek Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study Incompatible POLI 2081, POLI 2108, POLI 2129, POLI 3081 Course Description This course examines the changing politics of foreign policy in the post-Cold War era. Until recently, dominant discussions in International Relations centred on issues related to the structure of the international system such as the decline of the bipolar order and the implications of a unipolar or multipolar order. The growth of global terrorism, the rise of new powers and institutions and the increasing prominence of new actors, however, has focused attention on the need to understand the decisions taken by states and other actors. The course has two key objectives. The first is to introduce students to various theoretical approaches to understanding foreign policy, with a focus on the relevance to foreign policy of the three main IR theories, realism, liberalism and constructivism. Second, students will use this theoretical knowledge to analyse a number of empirical issues, including ethics and responsibility in foreign policy, the impact of structures of global governance, such as the United Nations, on states' foreign policies, the rise of the media as an actor in international politics, the foreign policies of the rising powers, India and China, and the role of non-state actors like Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Course Coordinator: Dr Priya Chacko
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Understand the development of the major approaches and theories of foreign policy analysis
- Understand and analyse the key approaches and theories of foreign policy analysis and apply them to empirical case studies
- Critically analyse and debate the foreign policy behaviour of particular states in the Indo-Pacific region in individual writing assignments and in group discussions
- Differentiate between, and evaluate, the key approaches and theories of foreign policy analysis in individual writing assignments and in group discussions
- Formulate research questions and synthesise information to write research proposals and essays
- Identify, outline and critically assess the arguments in the scholarly literature on foreign policy in individual assignments and in group discussions
- Be able to write essays and research proposals using the appropriate referencing system and to the highest standards of academic honesty
University Graduate Attributes
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. 1,2,4,6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3,4,5,6,7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4,7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,4,6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6,7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,7
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWeekly online lectures supported by small group discovery which will further develop material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
expected to commit 12 hours each week to this course.
preparation: 4 hours
research for assessment: 5 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week 1: Introduction to foreign policy analysis and the Indo-Pacific
Week 2: Approaches to analysing foreign policy: Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism
Week 3: Domestic sources of foreign policy
Week 4: Ethics and international sources of foreign policy
Week 5: The media and public opinion
Week 6: Indian foreign policy
Week 7: China’s foreign policy
Week 8: Japan's foreign policy
Week 9: Indonesia's foreign policy
Week 10: US foreign policy
Week 11: Australian foreign policy
Week 12: Indo-Pacific simulation
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe Small Group Discovery Experience will take the form of activities in tutorials which are designed to promote independent research skills, team work, presentation skills and problem solving skills.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment Summary1. Tutorial activities
20% of total course mark
Learning outcome: 1,2,3,4,6
2. Research proposal
20% of total course mark
Due date: TBA
Learning outcome: 2,3,4,5,7
3. Multiple choice test - online
15% of total course mark
Due date: TBA
Learning outcome: 1,6
4. Final essay
45% of total mark
Due date: TBA
Learning outcome: 2,3,4,5,7
1. Tutorial activities
You have one 50-minute group tutorial or structured learning activity per week.
Attendance at tutorials are compulsory. A failure to attend without an adequate explanation or a failure to prepare for the tutorial will affect your final grade.
Tutorials are forums for free exchange and discussion of informed opinions, that is, ideas and thoughts based on reading and reflection, as well as places for raising questions and for the exchange of relevant information. All students are expected to have read the required readings in
preparation for the tutorials. Tutorials will be assessed on the basis of the depth of knowledge on the weekly topic, the quality of engagement with the weekly readings, and the attitude displayed towards the arguments and contributions of others. Most tutorials will involve group work and a specific tutorial activity.
2. Research proposal
The research proposal should be no longer than 1200 words excluding references.
A model assignment (an example or exemplar) will be posted on MyUni to serve as a guide
3. Online test
This will be a multiple choice test which will be completed and submitted to MyUni.
4. Final essay
The final essay should be 2500 words long excluding references.
Your final essay must be directed at answering the research question you have identified in the research proposal.
SubmissionOnline Submission of Assignments (e-submission) via MyUni
All assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni - this is a two-step process. The assignment needs to be electronically submitted for marking via the ‘Assignments’ link in the course menu. It then needs to be submitted separately to Turnitin, which is also done via the MyUni site. Marked assignments will be returned to the student in printed form.
**The submissions to ‘Assignments’ and to Turnitin must be identical**
Return of assignments
Research proposals will be returned to students in tutorials.
Students must provide a self-addressed envelope to their tutor, in order to have the final essay returned to them after it has been marked. This is the only way to ensure that your essay will be returned to you. Give this to your tutor in the last tutorial.
Extensions will only be granted on medical or other documented grounds. The
pressure of other academic work or employment commitments will not be accepted as grounds for an extension. If, as often happens, several essays are due close to each other, you should plan your schedule so that you complete one or more before the deadline.
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If one of the following criteria is met, an informal extension can be
organised with the course coordinator or tutor:
· small extension – 2 days or less;
· assessment item is worth 20% or less;
· student is registered with the Disability Office (need to attach a Disability
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Students who submit an essay late, without having gained an extension, will be liable to a penalty of 3% per day that the essay is overdue. Depending on the circumstances, essays more than
five days late (including weekends) will be eligible for a Pass or Fail grade only.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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