About this unit
Contributing to a Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism), US Policies and Global Security provides a background to the ideologies and practices of contemporary US foreign policy. Learn how US foreign policy has been devised and modified throughout the period between the Cold War and the War on Terror.
The unit, provided by Murdoch University and delivered online by Open Universities Australia, covers the ways in which US foreign policy has affected global security and diplomacy from the Cold War to now. Case studies include the Cuban missile crisis, nuclear weapons, the War on Terror and the US as an Asia-Pacific leader.
You will learn how the US has used foreign policy to influence negotiations, arms control, alliance strategies and the culture of global diplomacy.
Anyone can apply, however you should ensure that you have not already completed a previous version of this unit.
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:
- Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism), Murdoch University
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.
In this global security unit, the topics you will study include:
- Introduction: identity and security
- Purposes of US foreign policy
- The Cold War and containment
- The Cuban missile crisis
- Alliances and identity
- Détente and identity
- Nuclear weapons and identity
- The post-Cold War order
- The UN and US diplomacy
- The US and global norms
- Terrorism and counter-terrorism
- The US an Asia-Pacific power
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