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MA in International Politics and East Asia

How will East Asia accommodate the rise of a more economically and militarily assertive China? Is the US declining as a superpower in the region, or will it maintain its regional dominance? Does Japan still have designs upon regional economic leadership, and will it come to play a bigger military role in the region? How does a ‘non-state’ conduct international relations?

Our MA in International Politics and East Asia gives you the opportunity to approach and answer these questions from a disciplinary basis. This is not a traditional area studies course on East Asia, but rather a disciplinary degree that focuses on the region for its case studies and thus offers unique advantages: strong disciplinary expertise combined with genuine regional expertise. East Asia’s emergence as the most dynamic region in the global political economy continues despite a series of crises since the early 1990s. If anything, the crises reinvigorated the study of the international relations and political economy of East Asia. Instead of just focusing on business and economics, the crises highlighted the politics of international economic relations, the impact of globalisation on the region and existing development paradigms, and the need for greater regional cooperation to cope with future economic shocks.

Our IPEA programme is one of the leading postgraduate programmes of its kind. We have among the greatest concentration of disciplinary based East Asia experts in the UK and Europe, and we are home to the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, researching issues of Asia-Pacific and East Asian regionalism.

All of our MA programmes are worth 180 CATS (credits) in total. As part of this course, you will be required to take one core module(40 CATS). You then select 40 CATS (normally 2 modules) from our list of specialist modules for this course, and a further 40 CATS from our extensive range of optional modules. If you pass the taught modules, you will move on to the second phase of the MA programme and complete a dissertation of 10,000 words (60 CATS)

Programme content

East Asia’s emergence as the most dynamic region in the global political economy continues despite a series of crises since the early 1990s. If anything, the crises reinvigorated the study of the international relations and political economy of East Asia. Instead of just focusing on business and economics, the crises highlighted the politics of international economic relations, the social, political, and security consequences of economic crises, the impact of globalisation on the region and existing development paradigms, and the need for greater regional cooperation to cope with future economic shocks. At the same time, the region has been faced with a series of major crises and challenges in the political and security dimensions, which are demanding of greater study by students of international relations.

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About the course

Programme Director:
Marijn Nieuwenhuis

Core module
Optional modules
Entry requirements

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The student experience
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"I was set on doing my postgraduate degree on East Asia, and when I found out about the IPEA programme at Warwick, I immediately applied. However, where I had been focused mainly on Japan and China before, IPEA piqued my interest in the region as a whole – including countries I’d never studied before, such as Vietnam and South Korea – not to mention in issues I’d never examined in-depth, such as gender relations and labour movements.

My fellow coursemates were all some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met and talked with, and we have remained close friends; likewise, the tutors were all excellent and provided not only a guiding voice during seminars and office hours, but also a valuable line of support and feedback throughout the academic year. In fact, one of my fondest memories of the programme was when I – along with my coursemates and one of our tutors – went out for dinner and karaoke at the end of the spring term."

- Miriam Grinberg, MA International Politics and East Asia 2011-12

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