The Asia-Pacific is undergoing substantial geopolitical change. Accustomed to playing a dominant strategic role in the region during much of the post-war era, the United States is increasingly compelled to search for new and different regional strategies from those it has traditionally projected as a 'regional hegemon'. This course will initially review what approaches and policies have underscored US security doctrinal thinking in an Asia-Pacific context. It will then assess major factors now affecting US power relativities and how such factors are re-constituting the strategic role in the region. It will then apply these investigations to selected case studies of US policy interests and behaviour in the contemporary Asian security environment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- A comprehensive knowledge of the evolution of America’s foreign relations and security polices;
- A greater understanding of the key drivers of American security policy behaviour in the Asia-Pacific, including the extent and limits of American influence;
- Deeper insights into regional foreign policy and security challenges from contending American perspectives, including an awareness of the complexities and vagaries of the United States' foreign policy formulation process;
- A developed capacity to present strong arguments in their written and oral work and to link relevant concepts and theories to actual practice skills (as developed through written assessments, in-class discussions and tutorial-based activities).
- Tutorial participation 10% (10) [LO null]
- Short Essay20% (20) [LO null]
- Research Essay40% (40) [LO null]
- Final Examination30% (30) [LO null]
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35 contact hours per semester
A 2-hour lecture session per week for 12 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks of the semester
Requisite and Incompatibility
Sutter, Robert G. (ed), The United States in Asia (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4411||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||31 Mar 2020||29 May 2020||In Person||N/A|