• Offered by ANU National Security College
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Asian Regionalism and Security: Implications for Australia (NSPO8015)

This course examines political and security challenges in the Asia-Pacific and assesses the prospects for advancing 'regionalism' there. As regionalism entails the implementation of state-led policies for greater cooperation, institutionalisation and integration, the success of regionalist policies have significant implications for peace and stability. Therefore, the prospects for a convergence of interests and significant foreign policy coordination - as precursors to regionalism - will be examined through an analysis of the impact of regional histories, sources of conflict and distrust (e.g. China-Japan relations and the South China Sea), divergent strategic alignments and the continued/rising influence of major powers (e.g. the US and China), the rise of regional organisations and institutions covering political-security and economic issues, new security issues (e.g. transnational crime, disease and natural disasters), changing political values (e.g. democracy in Indonesia) and the continuation of pariah states. Further, where appropriate the individual seminars explore the implications of the issues discussed for Australia's security and/or engagement with Asia. By the conclusion of the course, students will be equipped with an understanding of the major domestic, regional and international political and security variables that contribute to, or detract from, regionalism, cooperation and peaceful relations. Further, the assessment tasks and course activities are designed to reinforce the above goals whilst also equipping students with a heightened capacity for independent and critical reflection.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Through the completion of this unit students will have developed:

1.   An advanced level of knowledge concerning the underlying causation and challenges to Asian regionalism (i.e. cooperation and integration);

2.   Their capacity to engage in and critically reflect on the dynamics behind the politics and security of the Asia-Pacific;

3.   A strong capacity to integrate theoretical and empirical considerations;

4.   Their research skills for the purpose of relevant professional careers and/or future postgraduate research at university;

5.   Professional written and verbal communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

6000 words.

Class Presentation based on seminar topic (20%)

Research Essay (50%) due week 11

Exam (30%)

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The workload will be one 2-hour seminar per week with the expectation of a further 8 hours per week of independent study.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1218
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3402
2014 $3942
2013 $3942
2012 $3942
2011 $3942
2010 $3942
2009 $3816
2008 $3816
2007 $3816
2006 $3816
2005 $3816
2004 $3816
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4192 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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