Not available in 2016/17
International Politics: Asia & the Pacific

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Christopher Hughes ALD 1.15


This course is available on the MSc in China in Comparative Perspective, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in International Affairs (LSE and Peking University), MSc in International Relations, MSc in International Relations (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Relations (Research), MSc in International Relations Theory and MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The international political experience of major powers and post-colonial states in a region beset by recurrent conflict and external intervention during the Cold War and subject to a novel multilateralism in its wake.

The inter-linkages between the global, regional and local; the interests and role of the US; foreign and security policies of the major regional powers in relation to East Asia-Pacific; the impact of the legacy of colonialism and external intervention; the sources of bilateral and intra-regional conflict; the problem of regional order with reference to East and South-East Asia; the emergence and development of regional institutions.


10 hours of lectures and 14 hours of seminars in the MT. 8 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to write three 2,000-word essays by dates stipulated by the teachers responsible.

Indicative reading

(A full reading guide will be made available to interested students).

Michael Yahuda, The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific, 1945-1995 (Routledge Curzon, 3rd edn, 2011); Muthiah Alagappa (Ed), Asian Security Practice (Stanford University Press, 1998); Alagappa (Ed), Asian Security Order (Stanford University Press 2003); G John Ikenberry & Michael Mastanduno (Eds), International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific (Columbia University Press, 2003); Alastair Iain Johnston & Robert Ross (Eds), Engaging China (Routledge, 1999); Glen Hook et al, Japan's International Relation (Routledge, 3rd ed.2011); Christopher Hughes, Chinese Nationalism in the Global Era (London, Routledge, 2006); Amitav Acharya, Constructing a Regional Security Community in Southeast Asia (Routledge 2nd ed.2009); Amitav Acharya, The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2013); Jürgen Haacke, ASEAN's Diplomatic and Security Culture (Routledge Curzon, 2003). Mark Beeson (Ed), Contemporary Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 2nd ed.2008); Gilbert Rozman, Northeast Asia's Stunted Regionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Christopher Dent, East Asian Regionalism (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2016); Rex Li, A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity Construction and Security Discourse (Routledge, 2009); Mark Beeson, Regionalism and Globalization in East Asia: Politics, Security, and Economic Development, 2nd ed. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 17.2
Merit 41.4
Pass 31
Fail 10.3

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2015/16: 32

Average class size 2015/16: 16

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Value: One Unit

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