This course exposes students to the field of security studies. It does so within the geographical context of East Asia. The course begins with an introduction to the key theories and methodological approaches of the discipline, before moving onto an exploration of contemporary non-traditional security issues. Topics covered in this section of the course will range from the political and economic threats still facing the region to the challenges posed by human and drug trafficking, environmental degradation and public health concerns.
This course is mainly dedicated for those students who have no or little background in Asian studies so this course could be regarded as a qualifying or preparatory course for more detailed courses.
This course will examine how the Asian states as well as Western powers have tried (and are trying) to shape the geopolitical environment since the mid-18th century to the present. The course will focus primarily on the continuities and discontinuities in East Asian cultural, social, political pattern, international relations.