Governance and Regionalism in the Asia Pacific with Dr Melissa Curley (Course Coordinator), Assoc Professor Shahar Hameiri and Dr Noel Morada

It is widely recognised that the Asia Pacific region is of central importance to emerging trends in global politics today. POLS7409 is a dynamic new course developed and co-taught by experts on the Asia-Pacific region, designed to complement other course offerings in the Asia-Pacific specialisation. This course is concerned with providing an advanced grounding in the dominant modes of governance in the Asia Pacific region, including in democratic, transitional and one-party dominant political systems. Furthermore, it introduces and analyses the existing and emergent regional institutions present in the region, such as ASEAN, ASEAN+3, the East Asian Summit, APEC and the ASEAN Regional Forum, The Pacific Forum, and the TPP, and their role in advancing both political, economic and socio-cultural cooperation; and their intersection with structures of governance in the region. The first section of the course introduces and explains foundation concepts and literature. The second section draws upon our diverse experiences in policy, advocacy, research and teaching, and utilises interactive co-taught workshops to explore course themes in specific ‘sites of governance’ and the role of institutions in regional politics.
Interactive workshop topics include: Mekong development and China-ASEAN relations; pandemic disease and health; irregular migration; human rights and human protection; & the South China Sea dispute (resource competition and environmental protection.

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