Credit points: 15

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 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


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Produced 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, 2018, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 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 essay60 01, 02, 03
Mid-semester take home examination (Equivalent to 1,500 words)40 01, 02, 03