• 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 Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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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.

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.
  3. Reflect critically on the relative merits of different security concepts in understanding international security in the Asia-Pacific.
  4. Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Short assignment (1,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Major Essay (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Take home exam (~2,000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, including some 24 hours of lectures or an equivalent activity and some 12 hours of tutorials or equivalent activity. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.

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

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2384 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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