||The course will explore how Australian leaders respond to the challenges caused by Australia’s integration into the global political economy. In this regard, the course will explore a range of issues, which respective leaders confronted, such as, multiculturalism, international education, climate change, trade and investment flows, and Australia’s perceptions and place in Asia. The course aims to make students aware of the relationship between leadership and decision making, especially the dilemma leaders face with China as Australia’s largest trading partner, yet they regard the US alliance as immutable. Students will develop an understanding of Australian political leadership within an international studies framework, and gain the skills to analyse Australian leaders.
||Australian Studies Course Reader (selected texts),McCarthy, G.,Peking University,2018；
||The course, using texts, explores key themes in the historical development of the Australian leadership as it reflects on the past and its engagement with the globalisation in general and China in particular.
The objective of course is to provide Chinese students with an understanding of the cultural and social forces that have shaped and made contemporary Australia, despites its relative small population, is a developed country and seen as a global ‘middle power’ and a significant international relations player in the Asian region.
The course also aims to develop students understanding of critical research and writing methodology through assessment exercises
The first week cover Australia’s diplomatic recognition of China
Week two covers Australian domestic policy foundations: social equality versus liberal individualism.
The weeks three the emergence of globalization in Australia.
Week four neoliberalist policies.
Week five immigration and multiculturalism,
Week six the US alliance in foreign policy.
Weeks seven the US strategic alliance -post 9/11
Week eight bilateralism versus multilateralism
Week nine Republicanism versus Constitutional monarchy
Weeks ten Australia China policy and prime minister Rudd
Week eleven addresses Indigenous policy and the issue of the ‘Stolen Generation’.
Week twelve Climate Change policies
Week thirteen Gender question with Julia Gillard as Australia’s first female prime minister
Week fourteen Free Trade Agreement with China
Week fifteen, gender equality and same sex-marriage plebiscite
Week sixteen contemporary Australian foreign and domestic policy debates
The teaching method will be based on a two-hour lecture format, where the first hour will outline the topic and argument for that week based on the course text as contained in the course reader.
The second part of the lecture format will be small group discussion led by the lecturer analysing the issues and theories contained in the textual reading.
Participation (records will be kept) 10%
Critical Reading One (500 words) 10%
Critical Reading Two (500 words) 10%
Oral Presentation 20%
Final Essay (2000-2,500 words) 50%