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Australian Foreign Policy

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: POL20008

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 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.


  • 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 9/11.

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