• Class Number 9684
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Maria Fleurdelis Tanyag
    • Dr Maria Fleurdelis Tanyag
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course aims to provide students with a broad overview of key Asia-Pacific security challenges, while also exposing students to core debates concerning the nature, evolution and prospects of the contemporary Asia-Pacific security order. The course begins with a consideration of competing visions of Asia-Pacific order, before then proceeding to a consideration of core security issues as they manifest themselves in the four sub-regions of the Asia-Pacific macro-region: (a) Great Power rivalry and cooperation in the Northeast Asian ‘triangle of tension'; (b) Counter-proliferation, counter-insurgency, and counter-terrorism challenges in South Asia; (c) Southeast Asian security challenges and regional institution-building - the evolving ASEAN ‘security community'; and (d) The South Pacific ‘arc of instability' and the challenges of state-building and stabilization missions.  A fundamental objective of the course is to assist students in acquiring the intellectual skills required to become more proficient analysts of regional security challenges. It is also designed to facilitate the application of major international relations theoretical approaches for better understanding and dealing with these trends.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • To cultivate students' appreciation for the key dynamics shaping major strategic changes in Asia-Pacific security politics and evolving regional order-building ;
  • To build conceptual understandings by integrating (where appropriate) theoretical and empirical perspectives about why and how key Asia-Pacific actors (state-centric, institutional and individual) shape their regional security behaviour;
  • To identify and assess those issue-areas most likely to shape or drive Asia-Pacific security politics over the next decade and beyond;
  • To assess the growing importance of so-called 'non-traditional security' problems within the general Asia-Pacific security context; and
  • To evaluate important factors of conflict escalation and conflict resolution as they affect the region's overall geopolitical landscape.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Seminar 1, 23 July - Introduction to Asia Pacific Security
2 Seminar 2, 30 July - Historical Crises: Colonialism and imperialism
3 Seminar 3, 6 August - Militarism and nuclear crises
4 Seminar 4, 13 August - Territorial disputes and maritime crises
5 Seminar 5, 20 August - Political Crises - military coups, authoritarianisms, and strongman leaders
6 Seminar 6, 27 August - Violent crises and armed conflicts Assessment Task 1 Due
7 Seminar 7, 17 September - Health pandemics
8 Seminar 8, 24 September - Economic Crises
9 Seminar 9, 1 October - Fundamentalist ideologies and violent extremisms
10 Seminar 10, 8 October - Environmental Crises
11 Seminar 11, 15 October - “When multiple crises intersect” Conflict and disaster-induced displacements
13 Seminar 12, 22 October - Revisioning Security in ‘crisis-prone’ Asia Pacific

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Review Essay 20 % 27/08/2019 17/09/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Infographic 20 % 29/07/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Research Paper 50 % 30/10/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Participation 10 % 23/07/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 27/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Review Essay

Details of task:

Students will write a 1,000 word review essay based on any of the weekly topics from Seminars 2 to 6. This assessment requires students to choose any two journal articles to analyse from the corresponding reading list of their chosen week. Student’s must demonstrate capacity to identify main arguments, summarise themes, compare/contrast ideas, and assess strengths and weaknesses of the articles they are reviewing. Further details on this assessment are available in the course guide on Wattle and will be discussed in class in week 1.

Value: 20%

Due date:… 11:55pm, Tuesdays (in the evening after seminars 2 to 6).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 29/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Details of task:

Students will develop data visualisation or a one page poster summarising key facts, ideas and/or issues relating to their chosen weekly topic. Material can be drawn from one (or more) major global/regional report by an international organisation or NGO, as well as from official documents or policy frameworks by regional organisations in the Asia Pacific. This assessment requires students to build capacity to process and present data through visualisation and clear messaging. Infographics challenge students to provide accessible information to a broad-range of audience. Students are recommended to develop the infographic based on the topic for their research paper assessment.

Due date:… 11:55pm, Mondays (from Weeks 2 to 11)

Word limit:... 1 page visual / poster

Value: 20%

Assessment rubric: Please refer to the section labelled "Marking" below, which contains the rubric / marking guidelines.

Presentation requirements: Samples and links to free infographic applications will be provided by Week 1. Students are encouraged to experiment with any visualisation app they prefer.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 30/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Paper

Students will identify a contemporary security issue / ‘crisis’ in the Asia-pacific using a case study approach. The assessment must demonstrate course engagement through analysis of the case study and its significance for a) theoretical approaches in IR; b) distinct insights for security and governance in the Asia-pacific; and c) prospects for regional peace and stability.

Value: 50%

Due Date: 11:55 pm, 30 October

Word Limit: 3000 words (max)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 23/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Active in-class participation and social media course participation comprise 10 percent of the total mark.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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