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Asia-Pacific: Zone of Conflict or Peace? (POLS90058)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOLS90058
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Generic skills

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A written essay of 3000 words (60%) due late in semester.
  • A review essay of 2000 words (40%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes and regular participation in class is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorPradeep Taneja
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 3 August 2019