Units of Study

GOVT6103 - Australia in Diplomacy, Defence & Trade

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Robert Falconer Howard


This unit examines Australia's external relations through its foreign, defence and trade policies from Federation until today. It will begin with an overview of the theoretical tools for studying foreign policy and the institutions of Australia's external relations. Following an examination of 'Continuity and Change' in Australia's foreign, defence and trade policies over the past millennium, key regional and international relationships will be analysed and the questions of national borders and international legal obligations examined. The final weeks of the unit will consider Australia's response to contemporary global issues such as the 'War on Terror'; the environment; nuclear affairs; and Australia's place in the global economy today.


1x1.5hr mid-semester exam (20%), 1x500wd essay proposal (10%), 1x4000wd essay (60%), participation (10%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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