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USSC6922: The US in the Indo-Pacific

The US has long pursued and maintained relations with countries in the Indo-Pacific. This unit will explore the history of US involvement in the region, including key turning points, actors, and policy debates from the China trade of the early 1800s to American colonization of the Philippines to twenty-first century conflicts involving tariffs and naval exercises. Students will examine a variety of questions about imperialism, immigration, trade, and military force through the perspectives of state actors, business owners, consumers, and labourers in the Indo-Pacific. In doing so, students will build analytical skills and bring historical perspectives to contemporary challenges.

Code USSC6922
Academic unit United States Studies Centre
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Acquire a critical understanding of the historical evolution of, and contemporary policy issues in, US relations with countries in the Indo-Pacific, drawing on the fields of international relations, American Studies, History, and political science.
  • LO2. Apply and critique different concepts, themes, events, and approaches in the history of US relations in the Indo-Pacific.
  • LO3. Formulate historical research and analysis that weighs different perspectives on challenges or flashpoints in US relations in the Indo-Pacific.
  • LO4. Develop the ability to communicate arguments and analysis confidently and effectively in a variety of written and spoken formats.
  • LO5. Acquire and evaluate new knowledge through independent research and present evidence-based findings in scholarly writing.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.