America's World

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online America's World unit provided by Open Universities Australia through Griffith University takes an in-depth look at American politics and history. Through this course unit you will study what 'American exceptionalism' means and the dominant debates concerning foreign policy that are taking place in the US today.

You will gain an overview of the ideas, beliefs and values that have contributed to the rise and development of the US from a colony to a world superpower. Many case studies will be examined in this unit and you will look at everything from the Cold War to the War on Terror. You will also be given the flexibility to research any related topics that are of interest to you.

The course takes place over 14 weeks and is assessed through two essays (one worth 50% of your final grade, and the other worth 30%) and a non-invigilated exam (worth 20%).

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit, so anyone can apply.

Areas of study

In this America's World unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • American exceptionalism
  • US foreign policy: from humble beginnings to becoming a great power
  • US foreign policy traditions
  • The origins of the Cold War
  • WW1, WW2, and the rise of a superpower
  • The post-Cold War world and the end of history
  • The neocons and the administration of George W. Bush
  • 9/11 and the Bush administration
  • American foreign policy in the age of Obama

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses. Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Completing this postgraduate America's World unit will give students a well-rounded understanding of America's current position in the world and how it came to become the modern super power it is today. This knowledge will put students in good stead for further study in the field of American studies, as well as the fields of politics, world history and international relations.

This unit will improve students' critical thinking, analysis, research and writing skills – all of which are valuable skills in both academia and the job market. After completing this course, students will:

  • Have a strong grasp of American politics and historical issues
  • Analyse and talk about the debates surrounding American politics, its global influence and abuse of power the country's global influence
  • Understand how the American people perceive themselves,
  • Use a variety of resources (such as reports, the internet and newspapers) to analyse current affairs
  • Write arguments clearly, concisely and backed up with evidence
  • Debate current global issues in a scholarly manner

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in America's World from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Find out more about government study loans here.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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