International Relations in Asia


A theoretical perspective based on empirical analyses that draws on western theories to examine burgeoning perspectives from the rising East. The empirical analyses cover North Korea’s nuclear crisis, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, relations across the Taiwan Strait as well as regional trade, investment and finance.

Learning objectives/outcomes

At the end of the course, we should be able to:

  • Understand the history of conflict and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, especially since the end of the Second World War
  • Analyse the causes of war and conditions of peace in the region
  • Evaluate different approaches to the study of the politics, economics and society of the region
  • Debate about the policy implications of various issues that impact on the power relations among states and non-state actors in the region
  • Assess the rise of Asia and its impact on the world


Coursework + exam

Availability 2024

Not taught in 2024




POLITICS 706: 15 points