Europe and Asia: Competing Hegemons?

Subject POLS90017 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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. If enrolments exceed 30, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment: 10
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of International Politics, Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Arts (Political Science) or (International Politics), or Honours in Political Science or International Studies, or the Master of International Relations.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Philomena Murray


Assoc. Prof. Philomena Murray

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on contemporary debates in EU-East 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.


Students who successfully complete this subject should:

Assessment: Research Essay of 5000 words (100%) due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

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

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.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Asian Societies)
Master of International Politics
Master of International Relations
Master of International Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: International Politics
International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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