Strategy and Security in the Indo-Pacific Region - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment (10%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit examines Australia’s security in the Indo-Pacific region. It begins with an overview of changing strategic trends in the region, particularly the simultaneous rise of China and India and debates about America’s role in the Indo-Pacific in the twenty-first century.

It then situates Australia in the region as a middle power with wide-ranging interests in regional security and stability. The unit then focuses on the range of non-traditional challenges which affect regional security in the Indo-Pacific and the institutions which exist to manage them.

Finally, the unit examines the strategies employed by significant regional actors which influence Australia’s prosperity and security in the twenty first century.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. describe Australia’s position as a middle power in relation to the Indo-Pacific region
  2. understand the key security challenges and drivers of insecurity in the contemporary Indo-Pacific region
  3. describe Australia’s key security concerns in the Indo-Pacific region
  4. identify and explain potential flashpoints for regional conflict and insecurity
  5. explain the role of regional states and intergovernmental organisations in maintaining Indo-Pacific security
  6. contrast Australian regional security interests with the interests of other Indo-Pacific states.
  • Assignment (10%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take home exam (30%)
  • Quizzes (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: there goes the neighbourhood
2Strategic trends in the Indo-Pacific
3The promise and peril of simultaneous rise
4The US as offshore balancer
5Territorial disputes and regional flashpoints
6Fragile states and regional instability
7Australia looks north
8A larger Australia?
9Pivotal powers in the Indo-Pacific
10The Indo-Pacific as a regional security complex
11Multilateral institutions in Asia
12Access to Sea Lines of Communication
13Conclusion: danger and opportunity in the Indo-Pacific

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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