US Policies and Global Security - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (20%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as PTR211 US Policies and Global Security.

This unit aims to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of American foreign policy and its impact on global security. Its guiding theme is the relationship between identity and security. The unit explores a range of American foreign policy actions and involvements from the Cold War to the post-Cold War era, including the Cuban missile crisis, arms control negotiations, alliance strategies, the “war on terror” and the US relationship with global norms.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically explain the bases of American foreign and security policies
  2. discuss critically the relationship between security and identity
  3. understand and discuss the pivotal role of the US in world politics
  4. critically explain the global security architecture.
  • Essay 1 (20%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PTR211 — US Policies and Global Security

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: identity and security
2Purposes of US foreign policy
3The Cold War and containment
4The Cuban missile crisis
5Alliances and identity
6D├ętente and identity
7Nuclear weapons and identity
8The post-Cold War order
9The UN and US diplomacy
10The US and global norms
11Terrorism and counter-terrorism
12The US an an Asia-Pacific power.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Writing Security

    By:David Campbell

    ISBN: 9780719055492


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