pol5cji int security in asia pacific




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject provides students with an introduction to the international politics of the Asia Pacific and focuses particularly on questions of international security and strategy. In 2013 it examines: US regional interests and the Obama administration's 'pivot' to Asia; the China's shift away from its regional 'charm offensive' , the interests and policy of a 'normalizing' Japan and the growing regional ambitions of India; Indonesia's role in regional security, Australia's place between China and America, the DPRK, the South China Sea disputes; arms races and nuclear proliferation, the environment and resource security and the efforts to craft a viable multilateral mechanism to manage regional security. The subject concludes with a reflection of the extent to which the centre of gravity in world politics is moving to Asia.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of International Relations (AMIR/AMIRL/AMIRH/AMIRS), Graduate Diploma of International Relations(AGIR), Graduate Certificate of International Relations (ACIR), Master of International Development or related double masters (AMID/AMIDV/AMIDH/HZHPHID/HZPHID), Graduate Diploma of International Development(AGDST) or Graduate Certificate of International Development (ACDST).


Incompatible subjects POL4CJI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInternational relations theory and the Asia-PacificRecommendedIkenberry, G.J. and Mastanduno, M.CORNELL UP 2003
ReadingsReassessing security in the Asia-Pacific,RecommendedAcharya, A. and Goh, E. (eds)MIT PRESS 2007
ReadingsThe international politics of the Asia-Pacific,3rd editionRecommendedYahuda, M.ROUTLEDGE 2010
ReadingsThe international relations of Northeast Asia,RecommendedKim, S. S. (ed.)ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD 2004
ReadingsThe new global politics of the Asia-Pacific, 2nd editionRecommendedConnors, M. et. al.ROUTLEDGE 2010

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Assess how security dynamics relate to wider processes of international relations

Take home exam; research essay

02. Be able to put contemporary security events in their social, political and economic context

Take home exam; research essay

03. Develop critical reasoning and analytical skills for the analysis of international relations

Take home exam; research essay

04. Identify key factors shaping the region's security environment

Take home exam; research essay

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.5 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 6,500-word essay7501, 02, 03, 04
one mid-Semester take home examination (Equivalent to 2,500 words)2501, 02, 03, 04