Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the international politics of the Indo-Pacific region and focuses particularly on questions of international security and strategy through the lens of the Indo-Pacific's contested strategic geographic spaces. Drawing on theories from international relations, geopolitics, security analysis, strategic studies, political economy, and history, we will explore the following contested spaces: the East China Sea; the Taiwan Strait; the Korean Peninsula; the South China Sea; Island Southeast Asia; the South Pacific; the Indian Ocean; the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau; Central Asia; the Arctic and Antarctica.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminar Journal; Research Assignment.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjectsPOL5CJI OR POL4CJI

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. Produce advanced assessments of how security dynamics relate to wider processes of international relations
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.
03. Develop and apply advanced critical reasoning and analytical skills for the analysis of international relations
04. Utilise different forms of textual and audio-visual communication to present research findings.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
Two 2.50 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 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 Assignment (2,000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Seminar Journal (2,500 words)The Seminar Journal integrates material presented during each seminar with audio-visual sources and academic literature.

N/AOtherIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4