- Class Number 2441
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Iain Henry
- Dr Iain Henry
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
When the Cold War ended in 1989, 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 region. Its legacy is still very much apparent in the form of the U.S.-led bilateral network of security alliances and with the persistence of dangerous flashpoints around 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a range of international security issues in the Asia-Pacific.
- Employ different security concepts to analyse and explain key international security issues in the Asia-Pacific.
- Reflect critically on the relative merits of different security concepts in understanding international security in the Asia-Pacific.
- Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.
Lectures 7 and 8 draw on the Convenor's research into alliances, reputation, reliability, the U.S. involvement in Indochina and the First Taiwan Strait Crisis.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
The exam is a take-home format, and students may consult scholarly works, their own notes, news sources, etc.
There are no compulsory textbooks for this course, though students may wish to read Saadia M. Pekkanen, John Ravenhill and Rosemary Foot (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia. New York, Oxford University Press, 2014. This book is available online through the ANU Library.
Staff FeedbackStudents 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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture 1. Introductory lecture. Concepts: order and hierarchy.|
|2||Lecture 2. Case study: order after World War II.|
|3||Lecture 3. Concept: alliance politics|
|4||Lecture 4. Case studies: U.S. bilateral alliances, SEATO, the Quad|
|5||Lecture 5. Concepts: polarity and the balance of power|
|6||Lecture 6. Case studies: Cold War, Sino-Soviet split, U.S.-China rapprochement|
|7||Lecture 7. Concepts: reputation and credibility|
|8||Lecture 8. Case studies: Vietnam War, First Taiwan Strait Crisis|
|9||Lecture 9. Concepts: history, memory and re-remembering|
|10||Lecture 10. Case studies: China-Japan relations, U.S.-China relations.|
|11||Lecture 11. Concept: power transition.|
|12||Lecture 12. Case study/concluding lecture: U.S.-China relations today.|
The opening time of tutorial registration will be advised at a later date.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial participation||10 %||*||*||1, 2, 3|
|Analysis task||20 %||13/03/2022||04/04/2022||3|
|Research Essay||40 %||01/05/2022||23/05/2022||1,2,3|
|Take Home Exam||30 %||*||*||1, 2, 3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe 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 AssessmentMarks 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.
Tutorial participation is assessed.
A take-home exam concludes the course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Students will be assessed by the quality of their contribution to discussion and debate within tutorials. To do well in this assessment, students should ensure that they complete the assigned readings before their tutorial, attend the tutorial in which they are enrolled, and participate in class discussion.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3
Choose ONE of the articles nominated and argue against the author’s central argument.
In order to do so, you will need to first clearly identify the author’s argument and represent it fairly. You then need to refute the author's position. This should involve a consideration of the author’s theoretical standpoint, their empirical evidence, the way they have presented this evidence, any contradictory evidence that is missing, and/or the logical inferences they make.
Your 1200-word essay must be clearly structured, including an introductory and concluding paragraph.
Be careful in identifying the author’s argument. Don’t set up a straw man (a misrepresented and weakened version of the author’s argument) that is easier to critique.
Be aware of when the article was published. Events since publication may be relevant to your critique but the author cannot be criticised simply for failing to predict the future
Judge the work by the standards the author set for it and the research questions they posed, rather than the question you might have preferred them to answer.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
You will be required to write an essay of 2 500 words, answering one of the questions provided on the Wattle website.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Take Home Exam
This course finishes with a take-home examination paper. The exam will consist of three essay questions. In answering these questions, students are encouraged to make reference to authors and arguments we have studied in this course. More details about the style and expectations of the exam will be provided during the semester. You will have either 24 or 48 hours to complete the exam.
The class will be surveyed to determine the best exam date.
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Asian security, alliance theory, diplomatic history
Dr Iain Henry
Dr Iain Henry