Europe and Asia: Competing Hegemons?

Subject 166-557 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 24 contact hours/week Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of International Politics, Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Political Science or International Politics, or Honours in Political Science or International Studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Philomena B Murray


Assoc. Prof. Philo Murray
Subject Overview: This subject focuses on contemporary debates in EU-Asia relations, introducing students to concepts of regional integration and providing them with an understanding of intra-regionalism as well as inter-regionalism. It examines the EU’s political agenda in developing a close relationship with East Asia, and evaluates the importance and nature of EU-Asia trade, with a particular emphasis on the evolution of dialogue and engagement over the last decade. This subject will further address the important and topical question of the European Union as a model for Asian regionalism. The roles of regional bodies and cooperative forums such as ASEAN, ASEAN +3, ASEM, and the ARF are studied in some detail, and their interactions with the EU scrutinised. The role of the US as an external hegemon and its influence on EU-Asia is investigated, as is the possibility of a hegemon arising in Asia (will it be Japan, China or even India?). Finally, in line with the multidisciplinary approach of this course, it will tackle the question of culture in EU-Asia relations.

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

Assessment: Research Essay of 5000 words Due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:

P. Murray (ed.) in Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux (Palgrave 2008).

A subject reader will be available from the Bookshop.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualizing theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence and by critical analysis;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of selected methods of analysis of international politics;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Notes: Formerly available as 166-557. Students who have completed 166-557 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Asian Societies)
Master of International Politics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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