US Foreign Policy

Subject POLS90007 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week. If enrolments exceed 30, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment: 10
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of International Politics, Postgraduate Diploma / Certificate in Arts (Political Science) or (International Politics), or Honours in Political Science or International Studies, or the Master of International Relations.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements:

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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:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • be ablet o develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.
Related Course(s): Master of International Politics
Master of International Relations
Master of International Studies
Master of Islamic Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: International Politics
International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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