Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, we will journey into the international politics of the Korean Peninsula, covering topics including: dynastic Korea and the Japanese occupation; the partition of Korea and the Korean War; South Korea's developmental state and the 'miracle on the Han River'; authoritarianism and democratisation in South Korea; North Korea's command economy and the cult of the Kim's; the politics of marketisation in North Korea; North Korea's nuclear weapons program and Korean peninsula nuclear diplomacy; human rights and the potential for state collapse in North Korea; energy and environmental insecurities in the Koreas; political geographies of the Korean Peninsula's contested spaces.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesResearch essay; Research portfolio; Seminar activities

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsPOL3CPA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and describe key actors and issues in the international politics of Northeast Asia, specific to the Korean Peninsula as a case study.
02. Develop an understanding of recognised theoretical approaches to the international politics of Northeast Asia.
03. Utilise different forms of textual and audio-visual communication in presenting research findings.
04. Apply recognised theoretical approaches to important political issues in North and South Korea.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 15
Twelve 2.50 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 15 and delivered via blended.
Class requirements consist of 12 unique seminars, scheduled as 2 x 2.5 hour seminars per week during week during weeks 1-6 of semester. No seminars in weeks 7-12, which are set aside for students to work on the Research Assignment.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research essay (2000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Research Journal (2,500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4