Australian Foreign & Security Policy - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as POL239 Australian Foreign Policy.

This unit aims to produce critical understanding of the multiple influences on the formulation, implementation and transformation of Australian foreign policy, particularly since the Cold War ended. 

Its guiding questions are:

What are the main factors shaping the content and objectives of Australian foreign policy?

How can we understand the relationship between domestic and international politics in the contemporary world?

What are the central issues facing decision makers, and how have they responded? Who makes Australia's foreign policy and why?

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

  1. identify the forces that shape foreign policy in Australia;
  2. understand the nature and importance of specific foreign policy issues;
  3. critically assess the efficacy of and differences between the Labor and Liberal traditions of policymaking in Australia.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Review (15%)
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:

  • POL239 — Australian Foreign Policy

This unit is also equivalent to PTR239 Australian Foreign Policy. Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The historical and contemporary factors shaping the making of Australian foreign policy.
2The competing theoretical arguments about the relationship between foreign policy and domestic or international politics.
3Specific case studies of Australian foreign policymaking.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia

Online materials

  • Online Assessment

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

This unit is an approved elective 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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