Asia Pacific Security

School: School of Government
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: Term long
Contact Hours: 3 hours per week

Lecturer: Dr. Julie Gilson 

The aim of this course is to provide students with a Masters level knowledge of the contemporary security issues in the Asia Pacific region, and with an advanced understanding of the nature of security itself.

The first part of the module will examine key aspects of security theory, from realism and constructivism, to critical security and human security. The module then examines the principal dynamics of Asia-Pacific security from the cold war to the present, by focusing in particular upon: regional institutions, US hegemony, the rise of China, the war on terror, and the importance of the ‘new’ security agenda in the region.

On successful completion on the module, students will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Examine and analyse different interpretations of security and theories related to them
  • Understand the key security issues in the region
  • Apply their knowledge of theory to empirical research.


  • Term one 1 x 3000 word essay 30%
  • Term Two 1 x 3000 word essay 30%
  • Term three 2 hour examination 40%

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The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.