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MAInternational Relations (Contemporary Asia Pacific)

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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The Asia-Pacific is a dynamic and rapidly changing key economic region in the world. Despite experiencing unrivalled economic growth, it must also face growing concerns over such issues as security, energy, the environment and internal cohesion. For the rest of the world, turning their back on the key players in the Asia Pacific, is not an option. This degree offers advanced knowledge of the main issues, problems and actors in the diverse region of East Asia today.

Each year, a number of students from East Asia take the degree, in order to study their region from a different cultural and theoretical set of perspectives. Students who wish to work in or with East Asia take the degree and its modules, in order to gain an insight into the cultural, economic and political opportunities and challenges of the region.

Programme structure

Compulsory core module:

40 credits – Asia Pacific Security
60 credits – Dissertation MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students)

80 credits from the following:

20 credits – Civil War, Conflict Conflict & International Intervention
20 credits – Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
40 credits – Diplomacy and Statecraft
20 credits – Diplomatic History of the Twentieth Century
20 credits – Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
40 credits – European Security
20 credits – Gender and Global Governance
40 credits – Globalisation and Governance
20 credits – The Geopolitical Economy of Energy
20 credits – Global Climate Change
20 credits – Global Environmental Governance
20 credits – Global Ethics 1
20 credits – Global Ethics 2
40 credits – International Political Economy
20 credits – The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
20 credits – Political Psychology of Conflict and Cooperation
20 credits – Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
20 credits – Power in Global Politics
40 credits – Religion in Global Affairs (Case Studies)
20 credits – Rising Powers and Global Order
40 credits – Security Studies
20 credits – Sex, Death, Gender and (In) Security
20 credits – Social Theory and Critique: Contested Knowledge
20 credits – Social Theory: From Marxism To Post Marxism
20 credits – Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits – Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
20 credits – The Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
40 credits – US Foreign and Defence Policy
20 credits – Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (IASS)
20 credits – Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (IASS)

Career opportunities

Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.

The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States