Units of Study

GOVT2116 - Australian Foreign and Defence Policy

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: James Peter Young


This unit examines Australia's external relations through its foreign and defence policies since Federation. It will begin with an overview of the theoretical tools for studying foreign policy, policy making and the institutions of Australia's external relations, followed by an historical overview of 'Continuity and Change' in Australia's foreign and defence policies over the relevant period. Key regional and international relationships will be analysed, as will Australia's policy response to contemporary global issues such as human rights; the War on Terror; the environment; energy security and nuclear affairs. The unit will conclude with a discussion on identity and Australia's place in the world today.


1x500wd policy brief (10%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (40%) and tutorial participation (10%)


1x2-hr lecture-seminar/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2


12 Junior credit points from Government



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