• 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 Iain Henry
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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When the Cold War ended three 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 this course, students will learn about five security concepts and their relevance to security in the Asia-Pacific region. These concepts are order/hierarchy, alliances, polarity/balance of power, international reputation ("credibility"), and historical memory. We will explore these concepts through case studies such as the Korean War, the Taiwan Strait crises, the history (and future) of alliances in Asia, the Vietnam War, the Sino-U.S. rapprochement, the post-war order, and territorial disputes.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a range of international security issues in the Asia-Pacific;
  2. Employ different security concepts to analyse and explain key international security issues in the Asia-Pacific, and reflect critically on the relative merits of those concepts;
  3. Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Short assignment (1000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Major Essay (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Take home exam (~2000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

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Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2594 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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