Units of Study

GOVT2445 - American Politics and Foreign Policy

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Jane Borton

Description

This unit will be an overview of the American political system and the formulation of foreign policy. It will cover the major Federal political institutions: the Presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. The unit will consider how foreign policy is made through the interaction of these institutions and with other elements of civil society. Finally, it will examine the outcome of this process - US foreign policy itself - with special emphasis on the post-Cold War period. We will seek to answer two key questions: (a) what is the influence of domestic politics on US foreign policy; and (b) how does the US system cope with the apparent contradictions between its ideals and the imperatives of global power?

Assessments

1x2000wd essay (40%), 10x30wd tutorial quizzes (10%), 1x2hr exam (40%) and tutorial participation (10%)

Classes

2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2

Prerequisites

12 Junior credit points from Government

Prohibitions

GOVT2405

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