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This is an advanced introduction to international politics in Asia. The subject explores the shift of global power to Asia and and provides a broad coverage of the regions relations with the great powers and international/regional institutions, including important issues like democratisation, economic globalisation and security. The course consists of three sections. The first section provides historical reviews of developments in Asia through understanding the roles played by external powers, and how the Asian powers are aligned both vertically (historically) and horizontally (across a specific historical juncture). Section two examines the issue of economic globalisation after the 1990s, particularly the rise of China and India. These seminars also cover Asia’s responses to economic globalisation by looking at particular reforms at the state level and initiatives at the regional level. The last section investigates topical interests related to Asia: democratisation, the environment, energy security and other security issues.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who sucessfully compelte this subject should:
- develop a critical understanding of the key issues and challenges faced by Asian states in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries;
- develop an understanding of the relationship between developments in Asia and international/regional politics, and how to theorise this relationship;
- develop a critical understanding of the debates related to the region, its institutions and important issues in the ageof globalisation; and
- develop an understanding of Australia’s past, present, and future role in Asia.
Students who successfully complete this subject shouuld be able to:
- apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
- develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
- communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively; and
- demonstrate cross-cultural understanding
Last updated: 3 July 2020