Asia-Pacific Security - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

The Asia-Pacific is undergoing rapid strategic change which has significant implications for Australia’s security. This includes the rise of China and its challenge to the US-led rules-based regional security order; the response of other major powers to these dynamics; unresolved maritime territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea; instability on the Korean Peninsula; as well as the fragility in the South Pacific. This unit examines contested concepts of regional order as well as the evolving power dynamics between the major regional powers, including China, the United States, Japan, and India. It analyses the evolution and prospects for peacefully resolving regional flashpoints such as the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan and the South China Sea. Finally, it examines the role of regional security institutions, Indonesia’s role in regional security, security trends in the South Pacific, ending with an assessment of Australia’s security and defence options in a changing Asia.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the broad range of security challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific
  2. understand the changing great power dynamics and the implications for regional stability and security
  3. identify and understand the reaction of medium and smaller regional powers to the changing security order
  4. identify and analyse the implications for Australia’s security and defence policy options in a changing Asia
  5. critically engage with the field of international security through the examination and exploration of texts, concepts and theories relating to the field
  6. demonstrate higher order critical analytical and integrative thinking on regional security issues
  7. present sustained and persuasive written arguments cogently and coherently.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PIC931 — Asia Pacific Security

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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