Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction: identity and security
    • Purposes of US foreign policy
    • The Cold War and containment
    • The Cuban missile crisis
    • Alliances and identity
    • Détente and identity
    • Nuclear weapons and identity
    • The post-Cold War order
    • The UN and US diplomacy
    • The US and global norms
    • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
    • The US an an Asia-Pacific power.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (40%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MUR-PTR211

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject 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 subject 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.

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