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International Security Challenges in Asia

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Kod przedmiotu: WSM.IBDW-20.399 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.1 / (0312) Politologia i wiedza o społeczeństwie
Nazwa przedmiotu: International Security Challenges in Asia
Jednostka: Instytut Bliskiego i Dalekiego Wschodu
Grupy: Grupa przedmiotów monograficznych w dyscyplinie: Nauki o polityce i administracji
Grupa przedmiotów monograficznych/z listy przedmiotów - studia II stopnia azjatyckie
Kursy do wyboru programu Study Abroad API
przedmioty fakultatywne (monograficzne) w j. angielskim
Punkty ECTS i inne: 5.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2020/2021" (w trakcie)

Okres: 2021-02-25 - 2021-06-15

Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 30 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Agnieszka Kuszewska
Prowadzący grup: Agnieszka Kuszewska
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Cele kształcenia:

We live in a dynamically evolving world, with multiple international players aiming to strengthen their international position and excert more influence on the regional and global security system. It is therefore important to expand the knowledge on the current international security challenges and their potential evolution. This course aims at providing the students with an in-depth knowledge of the strategic, political and socio-economic significance of different Asian players and their position in global affairs of the 21st century. The interests and policies of external powers such as the USA will be subjected to a thorough analysis. The course will be focused on wide variety of political aspects and international relations, including security concerns, terrorism threat, strategic rivalries and aspirations, multi-faceted interactions within the region, and external influences.

The course will cover the selected securty challenges of South-East Asia, East Asia, South Asia and Central Asia.

Another very crucial element of the course: the students will learn ractical English security-related vocabulary. Each week I will recommend seleced expressions to learn so that the participants will broaden their language skills.

Efekty kształcenia:

The completion of this course will provide students with a better understanding of the political and strategic map of the world, particularly Asia-Pacific region, solution of international conflicts and other vital, non-military challenges (resources rivalry). It is aimed at fostering the problem solving attitude and the ability of analytical thinking. The second crucial objective of the course is to upgrade language skills and broaden students’ knowledge about current problems of political affairs. The course will focus on both social science terminology and discussion about politics in Asia-Pacific, international strategies, security and diplomacy issues, i. e topics which provoke meaningful debate.

The participants will learn to discuss the focal issues concerning contemporary international regional and global security challenges in an unbiased manner.

Security studies and political sciences have their own professional language, just like other fields of research. I aim to make student familiar with such useful expressions, so that it will be easier for them to read professional articles, research papers, and other publications.

During this course the students' language skills will be upgraded as I will select useful expressions, so that each participant will have their own political science/security related dictionary. For that purpose we will analyse selected documents or current articles from Foreign Affairs, which I will share with participants.

Wymagania wstępne:

Basic knowledge of security challenges in Asia/Pacific and regional political map.

Forma i warunki zaliczenia:

You have to attend the course (MS Teams, you can be absent twice, in case of any emergencies, do contact me!).

Each student is obliged to prepare a paper (8-10 pages with bibliography) on a selected topic, discussed with me, and have a short (10-min) presentation (related to your paper) for the group.

Deadline for the paper: June 2021 (the exact date will be provided during our first or second meeting).

Metody dydaktyczne - słownik:

Metody eksponujące - ekspozycja
Metody podające - prezentacja multimedialna
Metody praktyczne - metoda przewodniego tekstu
Metody problemowe - metody aktywizujące - dyskusja dydaktyczna
Metody problemowe - metody aktywizujące - metoda przypadków

Pełny opis:

1. Introduction to the course. How to define contemporary security challenges? Multi-sector security; brief theoretical analysis. Initial discussion on the challenges in Asia-Pacific.

2. Security in the 21st century: major contemporary challenges. Emerging powers in the multilateral world and their problems. Arms trade (SIPRI) analysis and Democracy Index. Useful vocabulary.

3. Security system at global and regional level: the UN and NATO: their role in the 21st century. NATO treaty – useful vocabulary. Out of area operations. NATO in Asia - is the GWOT successful? The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP): its importance for regional cooperation.

4. China as global player: what will be the consequences? Xi Jinping's domestic and foreign policy. China during and after pandemic: geostrategic and economic power? The BRI and its stabilizing/destabilizing effects.

5. India as emerging power under BJP government. Strategic realism of India in the 21st century: an appraisal. Selected political, economic and social challenges in contemporary India. The threat of Hindu nationalism under BJP: analysis and discussion. Why 300 million farmers are protesting in India?

6. Central Asia: an emerging region or post-Soviet republics with resources? Political trajectories in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

7. Major conflicts and their impact on security dynamics I. Analysis of selected conflicts (current situation and perspectives): Afghanistan, Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry and its impact on Asia

8. Major conflicts in Asia-Pacific and their impact on security dynamics II – conflict on the Korean peninsula, South China Sea conflict.

9. Selected international cooperation initiatives in Asia: SCO, BRICS, ASEAN, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

10. The West and Asia. The United States' policy in Asia. Joe Biden's administration: a new opening? The European Union and Asia: the EU-Asia security strategy since 1994.

11. Human rights in Asia. The role of NGO’s. The perception of human rights in selected Asian states and cultures: China, India, Japan.

12. Praetorian states in Asia: army as a state within a state. The case studies of Burma and Pakistan. The definition of a praetorian state.

13. The policies of South Korea and Japan in contemporary security dynamics.

14. Water as crucial security asset in selected regions of Asia. Water wars, water challenges in the future.

15. New power game in the third decade of 21st century: the US, China, India, Russia in the context of cooperation and rivalry. Course wrap-up.


1. Mingst, Karen, Arraguin-Toft, Ivan: Essentials of International Relations, New York, London: W.W. Norton&Company, 2017, chapter 3 and 5.

2. NATO Treaty (https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/official_texts_17120.htm)

3. SIPRI Arms Trade (https://sipri.org).

4. Democracy Index 2020 (https://www.eiu.com/n/campaigns/democracy-index-2020/)

5. M. Wolf: Containing China is not a feasible option: https://www.ft.com/content/83a521c0-6abb-4efa-be48-89ecb52c8d01, Financial Times, February 2021.

6. C. Wood, ‘India’s Soft Power at Play in Central Asia’, The Diplomat, 23 August 2018,


7. A. Siddiqa: Pakistani General as Riyadh envoy brings Middle East policy under army. Eyes on Israel,

https://theprint.in/opinion/pakistani-general-as-riyadh-envoy-brings-middle-east-policy-under-army-eyes-on-israel/590624/ The Print, 25.01.2021,

The current articles, chapters, which I will share with participants at least a week ahead.

I will share all necessary materials/readings to each our meeting on MS Teams. I will also always add/recommend some additional readings/fils/documents, etc., to all those who are particularly interested in selected topics.

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Właścicielem praw autorskich jest Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie.