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INR3000 Australian Foreign Relations

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Australian Foreign Relations
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090101 - Political Science
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Richard Gehrmann

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


Knowledge of Australian foreign relations is a key component of both the formal study of international relations, and of Australian politics and history. Understanding Australia's place in the world contributes to a student’s sense of global citizenship. This course is intended to serve as a capstone course for international relations students in their final year.


This course provides a detailed analysis of Australian foreign policy. It seeks to acquaint students with Australia's historic and contemporary relations on a global basis, including a specific emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region, and to identify factors that have contributed to the development of these relations. The course also discusses the international role of Australia in the present era.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. describe in detail Australia's past relations with the more significant Asia-Pacific states, and with the great powers
  2. explain and evaluate the linkage between domestic issues and Australia's regional environment
  3. identify and analyse factors which have shaped Australia's historical and contemporary relations with selected countries
  4. communication skills appropriate to the discipline by preparing and submitting assigned essays
  5. demonstrate cultural literacy skills by comprehending and analysing the relationships between Australian and Asian/Pacific states
  6. ethical research and enquiry skills by comprehending and applying referencing norms and practices.


Description Weighting(%)
1. History and origins of Australia's foreign relations: 5.00
2. Federation to World War Two 5.00
3. Alliance & dependence; 1945-1983 5.00
4. Interdependence & independence; 1983 to the present 10.00
5. Australia and the USA 10.00
6. Australia, the UK and Europe 5.00
7. Australia and Japan 10.00
8. Australia and China 10.00
9. Australia and Southeast Asia 10.00
10. Australia and Indonesia 10.00
11. Australia, the South Pacific and India 10.00
12. Security issues and multilateral issues. 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Cotton, J & Ravenhill, J 2011, Middle power dreaming: Australia in world affairs 2006-2010, OUP, Melbourne.
McDougall, D 2009, Australian foreign relations: entering the 21st century, Pearson, Sydney.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Beaumont, J, Waters, C, Lowe, D & Woodard, G 2003, Ministers, mandarins and diplomats: Australian foreign policy 1941-1969, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
Beeson, M & Hameiri, S 2017, Navigating the new international disorder : Australia in world affairs 2011 – 2015, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
Cotton, J & Ravenhill, J (eds) 2007, Trading on alliance security: Australia in world affairs 2001-2005, OUP, Melbourne.
Evans, G & Grant, B 1995, Australia's foreign relations in the world of the 1990s, 2nd edn, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 42.00
Independent Study 123.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (1000 WORDS) 100 20 26 Mar 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 (2000 WORDS) 100 40 07 May 2019
EXAM 100 40 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a restricted exam. The total working time for the exam is 2 hours. The exam date will be available via UConnect when the official exam timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    • writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    • Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    • Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.