Asia and the World

Subject ASIA90008 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


Entry into the Master of International Relations, Master of International Relations or Master of Arts (Asian Societies).



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Sow Keat Tok


Dr Sow Keat Tok

Subject Overview:

This is an advanced introduction to international politics in Asia. The subject explores the shift of global power to Asia and and provides a broad coverage of the regions relations with the great powers and international/regional institutions, including important issues like democratisation, economic globalisation and security. The course consists of three sections. The first section provides historical reviews of developments in Asia through understanding the roles played by external powers, and how the Asian powers are aligned both vertically (historically) and horizontally (across a specific historical juncture). Section two examines the issue of economic globalisation after the 1990s, particularly the rise of China and India. Special attention is paid to Japan’s bubble economy and the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. These seminars also cover Asia’s responses to economic globalisation by looking at particular reforms at the state level and initiatives at the regional level. The last section investigates topical interests related to Asia: democratisation, nuclear issues, the environment, and energy security.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Developing a critical understanding of the key issues and challenges faced by Asian states in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
  • Developing an understanding of the relationship between developments in Asia and international/regional politics, and how to theorise this relationship.
  • Developing a critical understanding of the debates related to the region, its institutions and important issues in the ageof globalisation.
  • Developing an understanding of Australia’s past, present, and future role in Asia.


A class presentation, 10% (due during semester, each student is required to give a presentation between weeks 3-12), ten 300-word reflective essays (based on weekly readings), 6% each, 60% in total, (due weeks 3-12) and a 2-hour examination, 30% (during examination period).

Prescribed Texts:

Reading materials supplied by the Institute.

Recommended Texts:

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

Other recommended books include: Michael K. Connors, Rémy Davison, Jörn Dosch (eds.), The New Global Politics of the Asia-Pacific (Routledge); Mark Beeson, Regionalism and Globalisation in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan).

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Applying research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry
  • Developing persuasive arguments on a given topic
  • Communicating oral and written arguments and ideas effectively
  • Developing cross-cultural understanding

This subject is a compulsory component of the Master of International Relations and the Master of Arts (Asian Societies) (teach-out).

Related Course(s): Master of Translation
Master of Translation (Extended)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies

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