Strategy and Security in the Indo-Pacific Region - 2017

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 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Country Brief 1 (15%) , Assignment 2 - Country Brief 2 (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit examines the core nations and issues concerning security in the Indian and Pacific Ocean regions in the twenty-first century. It provides an overview of key strategic trends in the region, especially the economic and geopolitical rise of China and India and the role of the U.S. in Asia. The unit introduces students to the concept of ‘middle power,’ and situates Australia in it in this context with reference to its interests and initiatives in regional security and stability. The unit also introduces students to the diverse non-traditional challenges influencing Indo-Pacific regional security and the institutions and policy options that can be utilised to address them. The unit concludes with an assessment of the sources and consequences of key regional actors that influence security and prosperity 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 1 — Country Brief 1 (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Country Brief 2 (15%)
  • Assignment 3 — Simulation (30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Final essay (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

  • 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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