US Foreign Policy

Subject 166-511 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of International Politics, Postgraduate Diploma / Certificate in Political Science or International Politics, or Honours in Political Science or International Studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof David Tucker


Assoc. Prof. David Tucker
Subject Overview: This subject will address key questions for evaluating American leadership since 1989. We will look specifically at the leadership offered by George Bush snr., Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. How different is the approach taken by these presidents towards Iraq, ethnic cleansing, refugees, global warming and the challenge of the Middle East? We will also look at the way that the US has related to other major powers, such as to the People's Republic of China, the Soviet Union and Europe as well as the role it has played within the United Nations.
  • understand the way in which foreign policy decisions are made in the US;
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulatey;
  • be familiar with the major problems that have confronted the US in the post-Cold War period;
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic dealing with issues in American foreign policy;
  • have undertaken competent research into a foreign policy problem of major importance;
  • be familiar with the most recent literature dealing with American foreign policy.
Assessment: A written essay of 5000 words (100% due during the examination period)
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Notes: Formerly available as 166-511. Students who have completed 166-511 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (International Studies)(Adv. Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of International Politics
Master of International Studies
Master of Islamic Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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