Course Outline

INT274 Politics and Security in East Asia

Course Coordinator:Traci Sudana ( School:School of Law and Society

2022Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course examines the role history and politics play in shaping security in the Northeast Asian region. It outlines the foundations of tensions between China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and North and South Korea as they negotiate their changing economic and military status. Are security tensions inevitable? The Northeast Asian region offers us a useful case study in contemporary International Security. The course also considers some implications for Australian policy towards the region.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – 13 hours LMs (asynchronous) 1hr Week 1 13 times
Seminar – 1-2 x 2-hour online all-cohort sessions (synchronous) 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Once Only
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 2 tutorial 2hrs Week 1 11 times

Course Topics

Topic 1: Introduction: The Asian Century? Scope and Content

Topic 2: Key Stakeholders and Pressing Concerns: The Legacy of Imperialism, US Hegemony, and Environmental Challenges

Topic 3: Australia and East Asia: A Settler Colony in the Far East

Topic 4: The Politics of Economic Interdependence in East Asia

Topic 5: Security cooperation, Alliances and Forums: Focus on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Topic 6: The Rise of China: Domestic, Regional and International Implications

Topic 7: Japan: From Imperialist to Model State Citizen?

Topic 8: Korea: War, Reunification and Nuclear Proliferation

Topic 9: Vietnam: War, One Party Politics and Different Type of Communism

Topic 10: The Philippines: Democracy in flux

Topic 11: Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua: regional colonisation and self-determination

Topic 12: The Future - The Asian Century?

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Explain the interplay between the domestic and the international realms of the countries in the region. Engaged
2 Critically evaluate the implications for the conduct of international relations in this environment. Creative and critical thinker
3 Analyse and apply knowledge of the processes of socio-political and socio-cultural change in the region in the contemporary era. Knowledgeable

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is assumed students will have a knowledge of international relations.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Feedback is provided both within text and general comments to build scholarly skills. Students are able to seek feedback through face-to-face discussion with the course coordinator. Tutorials will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements and scope

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Activity Participation Individual 10%
Weeks 1-13
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 2 Essay Individual 40%
Essay is 1500wordsSymposium is 1 hr
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Oral and Written Piece Individual 50%
2000word essay10 minutes presentation of essay
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Participation
Actively prepare for and then engage in classroom discussions and constructively respond to course content questions, theories and practices.
Product: Activity Participation
Tutorial participation is assessed on active and informed participation. The online learnng materials, seminars and tutorials provide an opportunity to extend your understanding though an exchange of views, discussion, debate and group exercises. Your contribution needs to be informed. Asserting opinions without providing evidence in support or constantly wandering too far from the set topics will not constitute informed participation. Preparation for tutorials will require reading from some of the recommended reading list for the week's tutorial and thinking about the issues highlighted for tutorial focus.  The mark of 10% is based on active and informed participation but you can only participate if you are present. This contributes to peer collaborative learning.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
​Demonstrated knowledge of some of the relevant reading and learning materials.
1 2
Demonstrated capacity to analyse readings and arguments put to the class.
1 2
Demonstrated an understanding of the actors, institutions, processes, key events and concepts relevant to this course.
1 3
Contributed to class and group discussions with relevant and informed comments.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Symposium and essay
The symposium event has been designed to create an authentic research experience emulating Political Science conference practice. It is a requirement of the course to attend to all sections of this symposium.
Product: Essay
1500 words - The symposium is an opportunity for you to discuss your essay's research and findings in an open forum with all your peers present at one time. Submit symposium essay to Canvas prior to the day of the symposium. Bring along to the symposium a copy of your essay for your own reference. The symposium will address some of the issues raised and discussed during the online learning materials, seminars and tutorials in previous weeks. The symposium essay will be written as a formal academic essay and will apply the Harvard style of referencing with a List of References (LOR) at the end. A contemporary issue or event that relates to the theories and practices covered during the course will be investigated and analysed. Important guidelines and discussion regarding the topic and how to approach it will be presented in the tutorial  2 weeks prior to the symposium. Research the symposium topic, write the symposium Paper, and present your observations during the symposium. Further discussion regarding the symposium topic will also occur during the tutorials.See Canvas for more information on the design and expectations of the symposium.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Attendance is required at the symposium guidelines session at the symposium event and at the symposium tutorials after the symposium Event.
The symposium essay will be assessed by the degree of achievement in the following areas: 
Argues a clear, consistent case to answer the set question.
1 2 3
Scholarly and authoritative reference sources are used to directly support claims and arguments.
Demonstrates critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of argument.
1 2 3
Correctly uses the Harvard Style of referencing with a List of References (LORs) at the end.
Will be +/- 10% of the stated word count.
All - Assessment Task 3:Tutorial essay and presentation
Research your allocated tutorial topic, write an essay addressing the topic, and present the tutorial essay essay's research outcomes during tutorials. Pre-prepare three questions based on your topic to facilitate small group tutorial discussions.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
2000 words for the tutorial essay and 10 minutes for the presentation - Submit tutorial essay to Canvass on the allocated presentation date and bring a copy of your tutorial Paper to the presentation for your tutor. During the first tutorial, questions for tutorial presentations and for the tutorial essay will be allocated. The questions will be placed onto Canvass in Week 1. The tutorial essay and the 10 minute presentation are both due on the day and the week as listed. The tutorial essay is written as a formal academic essay and will apply the Harvard style of referencing with a List of References (LOR) at the end. At the completion of the oral presentation of the tutorial essay the presenter will facilitate small group discussions.Prepare and write down three discussion questions (before the facilitation sessions) for the group to discuss. The three discussion questions must be inserted after the List of References at the end of the tutorial essay.
IMPORTANT NOTE* Attendance at all the oral presentations (your own and your colleagues) is important so that everyone has the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion regarding the presenter's analysis and synthesis of the allocated question/topic. 
Some suggestions regarding your own presentation: Do not just read out your tutorial Paper to the class/group during your presentation. What you need to do is to provide a synopsis of your research in your presentation. This means selecting the core issue/s of your tutorial essay to present to the class/group. The aim here is for conciseness but with enough information to engage your colleagues directly regarding your central points and not to turn the presentation into a bland reading of what you have written. The point of your presentation is to encourage your colleagues to think about then to discuss the salient areas of your research. They can do this by you presenting the arguments and counterarguments in a constructive manner so that all can understand. Remember that you have done the research and worked hard on your essay but your colleagues have not done this with your topic so don't expect them to immediately understand the complexities that you have discovered by your research.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
A clear, consistent case is argued to answer the set question.
1 2 3
Scholarly and authoritative reference sources are used to directly support claims and arguments.
Critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of argument is evident.
1 2 3
The essay is presented to the class/group.
Presented as a series of important points, not as a paper read directly to the class/group
Pre-prepare three questions and facilitate small group discussions after the presentation.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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