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This subject provides an examination of some important issues in Asia-Pacific international politics in the light of relevant theorizing, interpretations and debates. The topics for study will normally include the China-US-Japan triangle, the Taiwan and Korean conflicts, the international context of conflicts relating to Indonesia and the Southwest Pacific, Australian engagement in the Asia-Pacific, and new and emerging issues in the Asia-Pacific.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- understand the dynamics of international politics in the Asia-Pacific region in the light of relevant theorizing, interpretations and debates;
- develop critical understandings of the international roles of the United States, China and Japan in the Asia-Pacific;
- critically analyse the context of major conflicts in the Asia-Pacific relating to Taiwan and Korea;
- have an understanding of the international context of conflicts relating to Indonesia and the Southwest Pacific;
- be aware of some of the major issues in Australian engagement in the Asia-Pacific; and
- critically analyse and synthesise the relevance of new and emerging international agenda issues to international politics in the Asia-Pacific.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis.
Last updated: 6 December 2019