Asia Pacific Security - 2016

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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 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (50%) , Assignment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

The Asia-Pacific has become a prime focus of security concern and studies with the rise of China and India and the increasing strategic competition between China and the US. Regional security organisations are still grappling with ways to contain this competition within a rules-based framework. Against this backdrop competition over resources and territorial conflicts have a much rawer edge in the Asia-Pacific than elsewhere, and it remains an open question as to whether such issues will be confronted cooperatively or competitively. This unit focuses first on the dynamics involved in the relationships between the Great Powers and likely grounds for conflict or cooperation between them. Second the issues of North Korea, Russia's eastwards turn, Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands are examined. Third, territorial conflicts in the region and the issues relating to the East and South China Seas are analysed. Finally, the political and social dimensions of security are examined, including the prospects for regional cooperation (ASEAN, ARF), and Australia’s capacity to affect security in the region.

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

  1. students will understand the broad range of security challenges presently confronting the Asia-Pacific region
  2. display engagement with the field of international security through the examination and exploration of critical texts, concepts and theories relating to the field
  3. investigate a substantial body of international security literature in order to formulate an awareness of context, particularly an understanding of cultural diversity and different cultural conventions and practices as they relate to the field
  4. demonstrate higher order critical analytical and integrative thinking
  5. demonstrate higher order communication skills including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written arguments cogently and coherently
  6. model advanced research skills, particularly the ability to select appropriately, to integrate knowledge from diverse sources, to evaluate its significance and relevance, synthesise material and present findings logically, rationally and lucidly.
  • Assignment 1 (50%)
  • Assignment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 (25%)

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
  • 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.

1Geopolitical circumstances of major Asia-Pacific powers
3The USA
7Critical potential flashpoints in the region
8Korean Peninsula
9Maritime Disputes
10Pacific Islands
11Central Asia
12The role of regional organizations in providing collective security
13The place Australia holds in the region

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

This unit is a core requirement 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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