US Policies and Global Security
Chart the course of American foreign policy since the Cold War. Diagnose how these policies have affected global security. Revisit events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Draw links between the US approach to security and the country's identity.
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- 28 Feb 2022
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- critically explain the bases of American foreign and security policies
- discuss critically the relationship between security and identity
- demonstrate understanding of, and discuss, the pivotal role of the US in world politics
- critically explain the global security architecture
- communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
- 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.
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MUR-PTR211 (Not currently available)
Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject.
No additional 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.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Essay 1 (20%)
- Essay 2 (40%)
- Open book timed online exam (40%)
Current study term: 27 Feb 22 to 29 May 22
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