• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Areas of interest History, Asian Studies, Security Studies, Strategic Studies

This course helps students to differentiate critically between the study of Asia as an object and the study of Asia as a subject. First, it addresses the key evolutions of ‘Asia’ as a region in imagination and in long historical practices. Second, it shows why apparently generic Strategic Studies/Security Studies/International Relations theories developed out of very different contexts often do not apply well to Asia. Third, it explores how different the perspectives of regional strategic thinkers, scholars and practitioners are, compared to those of others outside the region. Overall, this course will equip students to understand contemporary Asian strategy and security by introducing them to crucial knowledge about the region’s strategic history; to cutting-edge inter-disciplinary theories that help to explain key trends and puzzles about regional strategy and security; and to important writings and views of Asian leaders and scholars. The course covers Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the complex historical context of Asian regions and polities, and their influence on key aspects of contemporary Asian strategy and security.
  2. Interpret Asian security imperatives and actions using the most suitable inter-disciplinary concepts and frameworks.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the most influential regional strategic ideas, expertise and leadership.
  4. Critically evaluate political discourse and policies regarding regional strategies and security.
  5. Conduct independent, evidence-backed analysis of trends and debates in historical and contemporary Asian strategy and security.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reading précis (2,000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Seminar presentation/interview (15) [LO 3,4]
  3. Analytical essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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A minimum of 10 hours per week.

Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

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

Prescribed Texts

Alagappa, Muthiah, ed. (1998) Asian Security Practice: Material and Ideational Influences (Stanford University Press).

Alagappa, Muthiah, ed. (2003) Asian Security Order: Instrumental and Normative Features (Stanford University Press).

Foot, Rosemary and Evelyn Goh (2019) ‘The International Relations of East Asia: A New Research Prospectus', International Studies Review 21:3, pp. 398-423.

Pekkanen, Saadia, John Ravenhill, and Rosemary Foot, eds. (2014) Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford University Press).

Assumed Knowledge

STST8001, STST8010


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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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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
3795 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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