Australian Foreign Policy
Duration: 1 Teaching Period
Unit Code: POL20008
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.