HIST19031 - Australia's Foreign Relations
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit examines the development of Australia's foreign policy and Australia's relations with other nations from Responsible Government to the present. After reflecting on the various approaches to the study of international affairs, and the domestic context, the unit considers the imperial relationship and the emergence of nascent foreign policies among the Australasian British colonies. In the context of domestic politics, trade and immigration policy, the unit then examines the history of Australia's diplomatic relations, especially in the Asia Pacific region. The focus is on changing relationships with Britain, the USA, Japan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. The unit concludes with a critical and historically informed analysis of Australia's current foreign policy positions.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit points

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 30%

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the main theoretical approaches to and historical underpinnings of Australia's past and present foreign policy and the consequent evolving relationships with Great Britain, United States of America and selected nations of the Asia-Pacific region.
  2. demonstrate a preliminary understanding of the problems of historical evidence in both primary and secondary sources.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of how the construction and historical implementation of foreign policy pose questions of ethical action and social responsibility for both Australian governments and the nation in general.
  4. demonstrate the following generic skills: i. the ability to explain the significance of processes of, and approaches to, Australia's foreign policy making and the significance of historical events related to Australia's foreign relations; ii. the ability to critique theoretical and historical interpretations of Australia's foreign policy making and foreign relations, and their applications to contemporary issues; iii. the ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations; iv. the ability to locate, retrieve, organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence from both primary and secondary sources; v. the ability to develop and communicate cogent historical argument and knowledge in written and oral forms, employing the required referencing methods where necessary; vi. the ability to be self-directed and self-disciplined, and to show initiative.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)        

Prescribed Textbooks

Australian Foreign Relations
Author/s: McDougall, D Year: 2009
Edition: 1st edn Publisher: Pearson Australia
City: Frenchs Forest State: NSW
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

There is a supplementary text by Bridge and Attard, which you will find in a link to on the unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Word processing
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBarbara Webster (b.webster@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Frameworks for Studying Australia's Foreign Relations

Study Guide Topic 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

The Need for Protection

Study Guide Topic 2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Australia and Empire to 1919

Study Guide Topic 3

Week 4 27-03-2017

The 'White Australia' Policy

Study Guide Topic 4

Week 5 03-04-2017

Australia's Relations with Britain, USA and Japan, 1919 to 1945

Study Guide Topic 5

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Essay 1 Due Wednesday (12 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 6 17-04-2017

Australian Foreign Policy, 1945-1996

Study Guide Topic 6

Week 7 24-04-2017

Australia and Japan since 1945

Study Guide Topic 7

Week 8 01-05-2017

Australia and China since 1945

Study Guide Topic 8

Week 9 08-05-2017

Australia and Indonesia since 1945

Study Guide Topic 9

Week 10 15-05-2017

Australia and Papua New Guinea

Study Guide Topic 10

Week 11 22-05-2017

Australia and the South Pacific

Study Guide Topic 11

Week 12 29-05-2017

Australia and the UN;

Towards and into the 21st Century

Study Guide Topic 12

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Essay 2 Due Wednesday (07 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Online Course Review Opens Monday (12 Jun 17) 8:00 AM AEST

Online Course Review Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Essay 1
Task Description

Choose any ONE of a number of questions relating to Topics 1-5 and answer it in an essay of about 1,800 words (1,750-1,850 acceptable limits). Essay question choices and more details are available on the HIST19031 Moodle course website, under Essay 1 in the Assessment Block.

Before commencing the essay, read the essay-writing and referencing guides provided in Moodle, as well as studying the sample essay. Footnote references and a bibliography must be provided using the Turabian style. Footnotes and bibliography must include a minimum of six tertiary-standard academic works of your own finding, in addition to the set textbook/s, study guide and Course Resource Online readings for the particular topic. The CQUni Library holds a wide range of authoritative works on each topic as well as many general histories and history journals in hardcopy and electronic formats.

Before submission, ensure your essay adequately meets the assessment criteria below.

Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Wednesday (12-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Essays will be marked and returned within two weeks of receipt by Course Coordinator.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria [articulated with learning outcomes]


Historical content:
• presentation of accurate, relevant and unbiased historical evidence [LO 1, 2, 3, 4 (i-vi)]


Research and referencing skills:
• evidence drawn from textbook/s, study guide and relevant CRO readings [LO 2, 4 (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)]
• evidence drawn from own research, using a minimum of six tertiary-standard academic works [LO 2, 4 (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)]
• acknowledgement of all sources of ideas/evidence (footnote) and any quotations (footnote and quote marks) [LO 3, 4(iii, vi)]
• correct use of the Turabian referencing style [LO 3, 4(iii, iv)]


Communication skills:
• meeting the required number of words, the bulk of which should be own wording [LO 4 (i, iv, v, vi)]
• logical structure/organisation of ideas [LO 4 (i, iv, v, vi)]
• clear, concise and correct written English [LO 4 (v, vi)]
• presentation in formal essay style and layout [LO 4 (iv, v, vi)]

Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Upload into Moodle as .doc or .docx. Ensure you run a Turnitin plagiarism check.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the main theoretical approaches to and historical underpinnings of Australia's past and present foreign policy and the consequent evolving relationships with Great Britain, United States of America and selected nations of the Asia-Pacific region.

2. demonstrate a preliminary understanding of the problems of historical evidence in both primary and secondary sources.

3. demonstrate an understanding of how the construction and historical implementation of foreign policy pose questions of ethical action and social responsibility for both Australian governments and the nation in general.

4. demonstrate the following generic skills: i. the ability to explain the significance of processes of, and approaches to, Australia's foreign policy making and the significance of historical events related to Australia's foreign relations; ii. the ability to critique theoretical and historical interpretations of Australia's foreign policy making and foreign relations, and their applications to contemporary issues; iii. the ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations; iv. the ability to locate, retrieve, organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence from both primary and secondary sources; v. the ability to develop and communicate cogent historical argument and knowledge in written and oral forms, employing the required referencing methods where necessary; vi. the ability to be self-directed and self-disciplined, and to show initiative.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Essay 2
Task Description

Choose any ONE of a number of questions relating to Topics 6-12 and answer it in an essay of about 2,000 words (1,950-2,050 acceptable limits). Essay question choices and more details are available on the HIST19031 Moodle course website, under Essay 2 in the Assessment Block.

Essay 2 should demonstrate a serious effort to rectify any problems identified in the marking feedback for Essay 1. As with Essay 1, follow the essay-writing and referencing guides and the style and layout of the sample essay in Moodle.

Before submission, ensure your essay adequately meets the assessment criteria below.

NOTE: There is no longer any 'practical' component to this assessment item.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Wednesday (07-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Essays will be marked and returned within two weeks of receipt by Course Coordinator.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria [articulated with learning outcomes]


Historical content:
• presentation of accurate, relevant and unbiased historical evidence [LO 1, 2, 3, 4 (i-vi)]


Research and referencing skills:
• evidence drawn from textbook/s, study guide and relevant CRO readings [LO 2, 4 (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)]
• evidence drawn from own research, using a minimum of six tertiary-standard academic sources [LO 2, 4 (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)]
• acknowledgement of all sources of ideas/evidence (footnote) and any quotations (footnote and quote marks) [LO 3, 4(iii, vi)]
• correct use of the Turabian referencing style [LO 3, 4(iii, iv)]


Communication skills:
• meeting the required number of words, the bulk of which should be own wording [LO 4 (i, iv, v, vi)]
• logical structure/organisation of ideas [LO 4 (i, iv, v, vi)]
• clear, concise and correct written English [LO 4 (v, vi)]
• presentation in formal essay style and layout [LO 4 (iv, v, vi)]

Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Upload into Moodle as .doc or .docx. Ensure you run a Turnitin plagiarism check.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the main theoretical approaches to and historical underpinnings of Australia's past and present foreign policy and the consequent evolving relationships with Great Britain, United States of America and selected nations of the Asia-Pacific region.

2. demonstrate a preliminary understanding of the problems of historical evidence in both primary and secondary sources.

3. demonstrate an understanding of how the construction and historical implementation of foreign policy pose questions of ethical action and social responsibility for both Australian governments and the nation in general.

4. demonstrate the following generic skills: i. the ability to explain the significance of processes of, and approaches to, Australia's foreign policy making and the significance of historical events related to Australia's foreign relations; ii. the ability to critique theoretical and historical interpretations of Australia's foreign policy making and foreign relations, and their applications to contemporary issues; iii. the ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations; iv. the ability to locate, retrieve, organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence from both primary and secondary sources; v. the ability to develop and communicate cogent historical argument and knowledge in written and oral forms, employing the required referencing methods where necessary; vi. the ability to be self-directed and self-disciplined, and to show initiative.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Course Review
Task Description

Complete an open-book, end-of-term online course review quiz in Moodle during Exam Week (starting Monday 12 June 17).

The quiz consists of 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions to be answered in 2 hours (120 minutes). The questions are based on the study guide and the McDougall textbook.

See the Assessment Block in the HIST19031 Moodle course website for more details.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Students will receive their scores on submission of the quiz.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criterion [articulated with learning outcomes]

Historical content:

  • selection of the correct response [LO 1, 4(i, iv, vi)]
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the main theoretical approaches to and historical underpinnings of Australia's past and present foreign policy and the consequent evolving relationships with Great Britain, United States of America and selected nations of the Asia-Pacific region.

4. demonstrate the following generic skills: i. the ability to explain the significance of processes of, and approaches to, Australia's foreign policy making and the significance of historical events related to Australia's foreign relations; ii. the ability to critique theoretical and historical interpretations of Australia's foreign policy making and foreign relations, and their applications to contemporary issues; iii. the ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations; iv. the ability to locate, retrieve, organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence from both primary and secondary sources; v. the ability to develop and communicate cogent historical argument and knowledge in written and oral forms, employing the required referencing methods where necessary; vi. the ability to be self-directed and self-disciplined, and to show initiative.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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