International Relations and Politics of the Asia Pacific

The aim of this module is to look at some of the main political and economic trends and security concerns of the Asia Pacific. The term, ‘Asia Pacific’ is a contested term but here it refers primarily to countries from both South Asia and East Asia. The module will introduce you to issues/debates in Asian politics and cover topics like Asian nationalism, Asian democracy, Asian regionalism, Asian bureaucracy and governance, gender and sexuality in Asia, Asian values and Asian security. Typically, the module takes a strong case studies approach and most lectures will be backed by a single case study from the region.