• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amy King
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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When the Cold War ended two decades ago, some prominent commentators optimistically proclaimed that 'the end of history' had arrived and that international conflict was becoming obsolete. Yet the Cold War never really ended in the Asia-Pacific. Its legacy is still very much apparent in the form of the America-led bilateral network of security alliances and with the persistence of dangerous flashpoints on the Korean Peninsula and across the Taiwan Strait. Longstanding historical tensions persist between Japan and Korea, China and Japan and India and Pakistan, to name just a few. In the interim, new powers such as China and India have risen at impressive rates, spending some of their newfound wealth on increasingly sophisticated weaponry. All of this, in turn, has created new interstate security dilemmas in the Asia-Pacific region and has generated speculation that a new 'arms race' is emerging as more established players respond in kind to these acquisitions. This course introduces the challenging and in many respects very dangerous range of international security issues currently facing the Asia-Pacific region and analyses the prospects for addressing them successfully through, for example, the utilization of new or existing institutional mechanisms.

Learning Outcomes

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

If you successfully complete the course you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a range of international security issues in the Asia-Pacific;
  • Employ different analytical frameworks to analyse and explain key international security issues in the Asia-Pacific, and reflect critically on the relative merits of those analytical frameworks;
  • Employ electronic communication and teamwork skills to create new media on a key security issue arising in the ‘Asian Century’.
  • Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial attendance and participation (10 per cent); Short assignment (700 words) (20 per cent); Essay plan (500 words) (10 per cent); Research essay (2,500 words) (30 per cent); Take home exam (1,500 words) (30 per cent).

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34 contact hours per semester.

A 2-hour lecture session per week for twelve weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for ten weeks of the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24units of 1000 level courses.

Prescribed Texts

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3288 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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