Innovations in teaching Australian foreign policy: trust, simulations, and study tours

Authors: Maryanne Kelton, Sian Troath, Zac Rogers, Verity Kingsmill & Emily Bienvenue.

More than ever as the uncertainties of a digitalised world are upon us and where power shifts to and within the region disrupt the familiar patterns of engagement, the acquisition of the knowledge and competencies necessary for Australia to be a trusted international partner are pressing matters. So too, in the development of both personal and professional skills, our pedagogic remit to students guides us to assist them in learning more about themselves in the process. How, then, should we teach Australian foreign policy and in doing so grow the conjunctive tissue of student self-learning in order to prepare students for the world of diplomacy necessitated by Australia’s international workspace? Here, experiential learning can have a powerful effect on the teaching of Australian foreign policy and in the development of students’ life and professional skills. Both in-person simulations situated within the context of a thoughtful curriculum and short-term international mobility study tours can contribute to an effective mix of learning experiences and assist us in moving closer toward effective practice in the current uncertainties and an era of digital transformation.

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