Asia-Pacific: Zone of Conflict or Peace?

Subject POLS40016 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, 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: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: 166-404 Asia-Pacific: Zone of Conflict or Peace?
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Pradeep Taneja


Dr. Pradeep Taneja
Subject Overview:

This subject provides an examination of some important issues in Asia-Pacific international politics in the light of relevant theorizing, interpretations and debates. The topics for study will normally include the China-US-Japan triangle, the Taiwan and Korean conflicts, the international context of conflicts relating to Indonesia and the Southwest Pacific, Australian engagement in the Asia-Pacific, and new and emerging issues in the Asia-Pacific.

  • understand the dynamics of international politics in the Asia-Pacific region in the light of relevant theorizing, interpretations and debates.
  • develop an understanding of the international roles of the United States, China and Japan in the Asia-Pacific.
  • understand the context of major conflicts in the Asia-Pacific relating to Taiwan and Korea.
  • have an understanding of the international context of conflicts relating to Indonesia and the Southwest Pacific.
  • be aware of some of the major issues in Australian engagement in the Asia-Pacific.
  • develop an understanding of the relevance of new and emerging international agenda issues to international politics in the Asia-Pacific.

A written essay of 3000 words (60%) due late in semester, and a review essay of 2000 words (40%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment for this subject. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University 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, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Master of International Relations
Master of International Studies
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Public Policy and Management)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chinese
International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science
Politics and International Studies
Public Policy and Management
Public Policy and Management

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