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Unit information: Power Politics and International Relations of East Asia in 2021/22

Unit name Power Politics and International Relations of East Asia
Unit code POLI29008
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Zhang
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the studies and analysis of the international relations of East Asia, one of the most dynamic and consequential regions in world politics today. Through a close examination of the interplay of great power politics, security competition and foreign policies between principal state actors in the region; namely, China, Japan, the United States, and to a lesser extent, Russia, it looks at problems, challenges and prospects of regional conflict and cooperation and assesses the implications of possible power transition played out in East Asia for the global future.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this unit, students are expected to have developed the following

  • A body of historical and analytical knowledge about international relations of East Asia from the theoretical perspective of power politics;
  • A critical understanding of dynamics of regional cooperation and conflict in East Asia and their implications for global politics;
  • Enhanced ability to deliver seminar presentation and engage critically in scholarly discussion at academic seminars;
  • Improved analytical skills in conducting independent enquiry.

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Information

1500 word essay (25%) 2,500 word essay (75%)

Both assessments assess all learning outcomes.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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