Europe and Asia: Competing Hegemons?

Subject POLS90017 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours in total

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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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 inter-regionalism. It examines the EU's political agenda in developing a close relationship with East Asia, 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 the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN +3, the Asia Europe Meeting, and the ASEAN Regional Forum are studied in some detail, and their interactions with the EU scrutinised. The role of the US pivot and its influence on EU-Asia relations is investigated.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this subject, students are expected to have:

  • An understanding of the relationship between the EU and East Asia;
  • A critical understanding of inter-regionalism;
  • Analytical knowledge of the economic, political and socio-cultural pillars of ASEM;
  • Achieved a critical evaluation of the role of culture in EU-Asia relations;
  • An appreciation of the value of multi-disciplinarity in the study of Europe-Asia relations;
  • A critical understanding of awkward partners in regionalism;
  • An in-depth analysis of the role of security in EU-Asia relations.
  • Group Presentation held throughout the semester and an Individual Written Report of 1000 words (20%) due one week after the Presentation.
  • Research Essay of 2000 words (40%) due mid-semester.
  • Final Research Essay of 2000 words (40%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Christiansen T, Kirchner E, Murray P eds. (2015) The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations. Basingstoke, Palgrave.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
100 Point Master of Journalism
150 Point Master of Journalism
200 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of Journalism

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