Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Contemporary Security Issues in Asia

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT International Relations

DESCRIPTION The core theme of this study-unit is focused on the analysis of the most critical Asian security challenges and processes of cooperation. The study-unit builds on International Relations Theory and various concepts of security, including so called non-traditional security. The study-unit covers security challenges in the Korean peninsula and across the Taiwan Strait, great power rivalry, a set of interstate and intrastate conflicts, the South China Sea dispute as well as a range of other non-traditional security threats, including terrorism, pandemics and climate change.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit is designed to introduce students to theoretical and policy approaches to the study of security problems facing the Asian region. It intends to provide a critical understanding of the concept of security and a theoretical and analytical approach to the study of security issues in Asia. The study unit also seeks to enable students to discuss the regional and global implications of these challenges and, to critically identify responses to them.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Discuss key concepts used in Asian security studies;
2. Be familiar with the main security challenges facing the region;
3. Discuss inter-state relations and the complexities of these relations;
4. Be familiar with key state and non-state actors involved in managing security issues in Asia;
5. Critically discuss national and regional responses to traditional and non-traditional security challenges, facing Asia.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Identify the main theories and analytical approaches to study Asian security;
2. Examine selected security challenges and their implications in the regional and global context;
3. Identify the main processes of cooperation and responses to key Asian challenges.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

There are no textbooks for this study-unit. Journal articles and book chapters will be assigned.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Seminar Paper Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Angela Pennisi Di Floristella

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