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Australian Foreign Policy

Overview of the unit

Unit code: POL20008
Duration: 1 Teaching Period
Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit introduces students to Australia’s foreign policy with a particular emphasis on developments after WWII. It examines changing power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, explores post-colonial legacies and their relationship to the Anglo-American alliance, and highlights emerging ambiguities in this alliance. In addition, the unit draws on these legacies to analyse Australian bilateral/multilateral relations in its responses to 911, the Bali bombing, and the emerging resource challenges in the region.

Content

  • Foreign Policy: legacies and continuing challenges
  • The turn to America: the Pacific War to Vietnam
  • Decolonisation in the Pacific and the challenge of Indonesia
  • Australian foreign policy after 911

This unit is found in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism
  • Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and International Relations