UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

POLS5685 Security and Crisis in the Asia-Pacific

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines the major contemporary security issues in the Asia-Pacific region and the states' diverse approaches to deal with such challenges. The unit first reviews the changing perceptions and patterns in relation to regional security since the Cold War. It then examines key contemporary security challenges, particularly the international tension and crises focused on the Korean peninsula, Taiwan Straits and the South/East China Seas. Finally, various bilateral and multilateral attempts to mitigate the conflicts are also critically discussed. The unit aims to provide an understanding of the complexity of resolving international tension in the Asia–Pacific.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand broadly the evolving ideas and situations in the Asia-Pacific regional security; (2) understand the historical background and main characteristics of the key security hotspots in the region; (3) analyse utility and limits in the regional attempts to deal with the major traditional security issues; and (4) offer meaningful opinions in tension reduction or conflict resolution.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a major essay; (2) seminar participation; and (3) a two-hour end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jie Chen
Unit rules
Incompatibility: POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers and POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
Contact hours seminars: 3 hours per week (for 6 weeks)

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