- Code STST8002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Strategic Studies
- Areas of interest Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Brendan Taylor
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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This course has three aims. The first is to explore and explain the nature of power politics as a mode of international relations. The second is to explore specifically the power politics of Asia today, and try to understand what is happening and where it is going. And the third is to explore some concepts and ideas that can help us understand power politics better. The study of power politics is central to any study of strategy, but it is especially interesting and important in Asia today, because Asia is right now in the throes of a major power-political revolution as a radical change in the distribution of wealth and power overtakes the old order and forces the creation of a new one. We will explore this process closely in the course, by looking at how key regional powers are trying to position themselves in the new order of the Asian Century, and how their interests and aims interact with one another in the regional strategic system.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the factors — historical, social, political, economic and cultural — which shape grand strategies of key Asia-Pacific powers.
- Evaluate and critically assess the new power politics of Asia and how power politics in the region is changing.
- Compare and contrast the grand strategies of a diverse range of Asia-Pacific states.
- Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form lectures, class room discussions, tutorials and a variety of written assessments.
- Commentary (1,500 words) (20) [LO 2,4]
- Research Essay (3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,4]
- Take Home Exam (2,000 - 3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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