US Foreign and National Security Policy

USSC6903

How is US foreign and security policy formulated and implemented? How do individuals, government institutions, bureaucracies, the parties, the public and the media influence decision-making? This unit gives students a detailed overview of the processes of foreign policy and national security decision-making. This unit also considers a range of contemporary US foreign policy challenges, such as terrorism, military intervention, the use of intelligence, diplomatic engagement and negotiation, international law and multilateral engagement, and the use of public diplomacy.

Classes

Taught in Semester 2, 2018
1 x 2 hour class per week
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Sarah MacDonald
"When I started studying with the Centre I was initially pursuing a passion, something that I loved. But I soon realised I could actually make a career out of my studies. The most influential unit I studied was Sarah Graham’s course in ‘US Foreign and National Security Policy’, where I learnt a great deal about security issues in Iraq, the concept of American decline and the US relationship with China, and many other things — and I just loved it. I also found that course took me to another level in terms of academic knowledge. The course has helped my work in government in many ways because I work in an area where we apply ourselves in our writing, research and analytical skills." Sarah MacDonald, Master of US Studies

Assessment

10% class participation
30% reading response paper
20% essay proposal
40% research essay

Other courses that offer this unit of study

  • Executive Master of Public Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in International Relations
  • Graduate Certificate in International Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in International Relations
  • Graduate Diploma in International Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Security
  • Master of International Studies
  • Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Strategic Public Relations

More details

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Unit coordinator

Conor Hannan