POL30380 Introduction to Asian Politics

Academic Year 2019/2020

Some observers look to the 21st Century as a potential “Asian Century” in which the center of gravity of world political and economic power will shift from West to East. After taking this course, students will have a greater understanding of this dynamic and important region. The course will cover the recent history and politics of China, Northeast Asia, and Southeast Asia. The course will not address India and its South Asian neighbors. Students will leave this course with a well-grounded overview of the political histories and domestic regimes of important states in the region, an understanding of relations between states in the region and with external powers such as the United States, and the ability to analyze contemporary issues and problems in the Asian region from a more informed perspective.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

-Obtain empirical grounding in the politics of the Asian region

-Understand theoretical approaches to international relations of the region

-Apply the perspectives and empirics that you learn in your written work

-Compare, contrast, and analyze countries in the region

-Construct and evaluate arguments

-Become familiar with contemporary political issues in Asia

-Think creatively and critically about Asian politics and political science more generally

Indicative Module Content:

See module descriptor.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures; critical writing; reading 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Take home exam due to Covid-19. Twenty-four hour time period will be given over the days May 13 and 14, but the expectation is that the exam should not take more than two hours of the students' time. Unspecified Yes Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Continuous assessment may include essays, group work, written analysis, presentations, in-class exams or quizzes, and/or participation. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to students within 20 working days of the deadline for the assignment in according with university policy.

Name Role
Professor Gary Murphy Subject Extern Examiner
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 14:00 - 14:50