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This subject focuses on contemporary debates in EU-East Asia relations, introducing students to concepts of regional integration and providing them with an understanding of inter-regionalism. It examines the EU's political agenda in developing a close relationship with East Asia, with a particular emphasis on the evolution of dialogue and engagement over the last decade. This subject will further address the important and topical question of the European Union as a model for Asian regionalism. The roles of regional bodies and cooperative forums such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN +3, the Asia Europe Meeting, and the ASEAN Regional Forum are studied in some detail, and their interactions with the EU scrutinised. The role of the US pivot and its influence on EU-Asia relations is investigated.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students are expected to have:
- An understanding of the relationship between the EU and East Asia;
- A critical understanding of inter-regionalism;
- Analytical knowledge of the economic, political and socio-cultural pillars of ASEM;
- Achieved a critical evaluation of the role of culture in EU-Asia relations;
- An appreciation of the value of multi-disciplinarity in the study of Europe-Asia relations;
- A critical understanding of awkward partners in regionalism;
- An in-depth analysis of the role of security in EU-Asia relations.
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, conceptualizing theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence and by critical analysis;
- be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of selected methods of analysis of international politics;
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Last updated: 2 December 2019