Special Topic: US Strategy towards Asia and the Middle East

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topic: US Strategy towards Asia and the Middle East

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, Asian Studies, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 pts from INTP 200-299 or POLS 200-299;

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    20
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    This course compares recent American strategy towards Asia and the Middle East, both important regions. It considers US approaches to regional security issues including Asia?s territorial disputes and the Middle East peace process, and the competitive demands the two regions place on Washington's finite military and diplomatic resources. 50% internal assessment, 50% examination. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in POLS. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. depict the main features of American strategy, and its relevance to different parts of the
    international system
    2. analyse the changes and continuities in US strategy towards Asia with reference to US
    relations with particular regional countries
    3. analyse the changes and continuities in US strategy towards the Middle East with reference
    to US relations with particular regional countries
    4. evaluate the likelihood and sustainability of a shift in US strategic priorities

    Assessment
    1500-word short written assignment- 15%
    3000-word essay- 35%
    Final exam- 50%

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