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Australian Foreign Policy

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

Develop a critical understanding of the many factors which influence the development of Australian foreign policy with this online Australian Foreign Policy unit from Open Universities Australia and Murdoch University.

By studying this unit you will examine the forces that shape the structure and objectives of foreign policy as well as further your understanding of the relationship between domestic and international politics. With a focus on the post-Cold War era, you will also explore the central issues and challenges decision-makers have had to face, and reflect upon the effectiveness of their policies.

Upon successful completion of the Australian Foreign Policy unit, you will be able to confidentially outline the forces that influence foreign policy, and be able to critically examine both Labor and Liberal traditions of policy making in Australia.




Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Must have completed level 1 politics units; AND
  • Must not have completed this unit, or an academic equivalent, before

Areas of study

In this Australian Foreign Policy unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The historical and contemporary factors shaping the making of Australian foreign policy
  • The competing theoretical arguments about the relationship between foreign policy and domestic or international politics
  • Specific case studies of Australian foreign policymaking
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Having a solid, well-rounded understanding of how and why foreign policy develops over time is relevant to a career in a variety of sectors, including politics, international aid, international law, international trade and diplomacy.

Upon completion of this unit you will be better equipped to understand the motivation of policymakers, and have a stronger appreciation for how foreign policy will have a direct impact on you and your business. You will also have a wide knowledge base to draw from should your work involve researching and analysing data to support policy development.

If you are currently working within the international aid, international law, international trade or diplomatic fields and wish to build a critical understanding of Australian foreign policy, this unit is sure to give your career a boost.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

Find out more about government study loans here.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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