• Class Number 6645
  • Term Code
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Iain Henry
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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Alliances in Asia: theory, history and practice (STST8053)

This graduate course examines the role of alliances in international politics, with a special emphasis on the role of US alliances in Asia since 1945.  The primary lens through which the subject is approached is that of realist alliance theory, though other perspectives are also considered.  Each session focuses on an alliance theory question or concept, which is examined against instances of alliance politics in Asia.  The life cycle of alliances (formation, revision, abrogation) is examined, as are alliance dynamics like abandonment, entrapment, decoupling, wedging, binding, and buck-passing.  In the last session, students will use their new skills and knowledge to critically analyse a contemporary policy issue pertaining to alliance politics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of alliance theories and concepts
  2. Gain and demonstrate knowledge of major developments in Asian alliances since 1945
  3. Using the theoretical and empirical knowledge described above, critically analyse modern alliances, alignments and prospective alliance relationships.
  4. Develop capacity for original, independent analysis of the theory, history and practices of alliances
Dr Iain Henry
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