• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mary Kilcline Cody
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The study of Asia is known to be challenging. Australians who study their own society already have a wide general knowledge of their subject, which is often not the case when they study Asia and the Pacific. Similarly, someone who grew up in one Asian country may lack general knowledge of other Asian or Pacific countries, given the great diversity of the region. An aim of the core coursework is to provide contextual knowledge and background. However, general knowledge by itself is not enough. It is also necessary to have a good understanding of different methodologies that are useful in the study of Asia and the Pacific. Fortunately, the ANU's unique concentration of Asia-Pacific specialists working on an extremely wide geographic area from very varied disciplinary perspectives enables the Faculty to equip students to meet the varied challenges the future will bring. The Core Coursework does this by examining four themes - Religion, Nationalism, Popular Culture, and History - through a number of Asia and Pacific case studies. Some of the case studies will be relevant to one particular Asian or Pacific country or region (such as the forest fires, the fall of Suharto, Fijian coups, the Tiananmen massacre); others will be relevant to Asia or the Pacific more generally (such as economic booms and crises); and still others will be relevant not just to Asia but to the world (epidemics such as SARS, globalised media, the drug trade and so on).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their expanded knowledge of the modern history of countries in the Asia-Pacific region
  2. Further demonstrate their ability to evaluate opinions, apply critical reasoning and construct effective arguments
  3. Communicate arguments and findings both orally and in writing and in accordance with academic standards
  4. Work interactively and reflectively in teams to deliver coherent group presentations

Indicative Assessment

The assessment regime for each course will be published annually. Consistent with normal practice, students may expect written details of the assessment regime in their individual course outline at the time of commencement of each course. Students are encouraged to discuss their course assessment regime with the course convener and if necessary their own academic advisor.

Participation in discussions in class and WebCT (10%); Group Presentation (20%); Reflection Paper (20%); Final Paper (50%, or 10% for Plan and 40% for Paper).

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The course meets for three hours a week for 12 weeks.  Outside of the contact hours, two outside hours per contact hour for preparation and review would be common.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1218
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3402
2014 $3942
2013 $3942
2012 $3942
2011 $3942
2010 $3942
2009 $3816
2008 $3816
2007 $3816
2006 $3816
2005 $3816
2004 $3816
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6868 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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