Regionalism in the Pacific: Diplomacy, Development and Policy Making


Level of study: Career Based/Vocational

The study of regionalism has for a long time provided important theoretical contributions for the discipline of international relations and international politics. The emergence of regional projects as mechanisms to conform to international orders, have changed and adapted throughout the credential of history. This credential looks at the unique contributions from understanding regionalism in the Pacific. With the most extensive network of regional organisations and regimes in world, participants will explore the history, politics, institutions and the ideas that have been constructed from states choosing to cooperate with each other. It will take an in-depth approach to how the governments in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa have use regionalism one of its foreign policy tools. Furthermore, it introduces participants to key contemporary regional priorities/policies such as health, climate change, oceans, security, mobility, business and inclusivity by unpacking how regional organisations, member and partner countries work together. The credential will be co-taught by officials from government, regional organisations, private and civil society officials from the Pacific islands and Australia.
Regionalism and New Regionalisms Approach: theoretical approaches and frameworks to understanding regionalism
The Pacific: region, regionalism(s) and regionalisation
Pacific Diplomacy and Regional Order – multilateral institutions diplomacy, development and security
Pacific Regionalism and Australia
Pacific Regionalism and Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa
New Regionalism(s)- civil society and business networks
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:
Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical approaches and frameworks in studying regionalism in international politics: purpose, policy and trajectory
Identify and discuss the changing dynamics of regionalism(s) in the Pacific: history, institutions, purpose
Identify and analyse critical contemporary environmental, political, economic and social development issues in the Pacific region
Discuss and analyse the challenges and opportunities of regional diplomacy, security, development and policy making in the Pacific

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