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US Policies and Global Security (POL236)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit aims to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of American foreign policy and its impact on global security. Its guiding theme is the relationship between identity and security. The unit explores a range of American foreign policy actions and involvements from the Cold War to the post-Cold War era, including the Cuban missile crisis, arms control negotiations, alliance strategies, the 'war on terror' and the US relationship with global norms.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. critically explain the bases of American foreign and security policies
2. discuss critically the relationship between security and identity
3. demonstrate understanding of, and discuss, the pivotal role of the US in world politics
4. critically explain the global security architecture.
5. Communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is student-focused. Students will be assessed on the basis of three types of activity. The first will comprise a critique of a journal article or book chapter. The second will be a research essays based on questions and readings, which will enhance the students' ability to carry out high quality research. The third will be the final examination. Students are expected to provide feedback on the unit structure and content.
Assessment Internal students will be assessed on the basis of four items, which will test their ability to research and communicate effectively both orally and in writing. The first is a 1000-word critical review essay, which comprises 20% of the final grade. The second is a 2000-word research essay, which comprises 40% of the final grade. The third item will be tutorial participation will comprise 20% of the final grade. And the fourth will be a one-hour open-book exam, comprising 20% of the final grade. External students will be assessed on the basis of a critical review essay (20%), a research essay (40%) and a two-hour open book exam (40%).
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL211 US Policies and Global Security may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Global Security (BGS) [New in 2019]
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Minors Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Samuel Makinda

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2942
e: S.Makinda@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.013 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Samuel Makinda

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2942
e: S.Makinda@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.013 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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