pol5ijc int security in asia pacific




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the international politics of the Asia Pacific and focuses particularly on questions of international security and strategy. It examines: Australia's role Asia; the US in the Asia-Pacific under President Donald Trump and China's assertive strategy under Xi Jinping; Japan's shifting foreign and security policy setting in the light of the resurgence of Shinzo Abe; nuclear weapons proliferation on the Korean Peninsula; the South China Sea dispute; regional energy security; the nexus between environmental degradation, national security and human well-being; and the efforts to craft a viable multilateral mechanism to manage regional security. The unit concludes with a reflection of the likely future evolution of Asia's security order.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HUSS Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree or through subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects POL4CJI, POL5CJI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Produce advanced assessments of how security dynamics relate to wider processes of international relations

Take home exam; research essay

02. Demonstrate a highly developed capacity to understand contemporary security events in their social, political and economic contexts, with a particular emphasis on the region.

Take home exam; research essay

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

Take home exam; research essay

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 36
Two 2.5 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via blended.
"Two seminars per week for first 6 weeks of semester 2; second half of semester devoted to research project."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
3,000 word research essay6001, 02, 03
Mid-semester take home examination (Equivalent to 1,500 words)4001, 02, 03