• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Kennedy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The Asia-Pacific region is changing rapidly as result of economic development, political change, and shifting international alignments. In many ways, it is the most dynamic region in the world. In this context, it is not enough for policy makers and policy advocates to understand where the region stands today. It is also vital for us to think deeply and systematically about where the region is headed tomorrow - whether the question is economic growth, environmental quality, or military conflict - even as we recognize that our ability to predict the future is limited. 

This course will equip students to grapple with the challenge of making policy in a rapidly changing region. It will introduce students to the study of international relations, taking an applied approach and focusing on a few key drivers of international change.  These drivers include shifts in the distribution of power, changes in international architecture, and domestic political and economic transformations.  Students will learn how these drivers are changing the Asia-Pacific region and will explore specific changes of interest to them.  By the end of the course, students will be well-equipped to analyze international developments in their areas of interest and to advocate new policies based on their analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of different drivers of international change and how they shape shape international relations;
2) generate scenarios for some international problem or relationship in the Asia-Pacific
region (broadly defined);
3) analyze international developments related to the scenarios that they generate;
4) distill the implications of their scenarios for a national government of their choice;
5) convey their analysis effectively through written communication.

Indicative Assessment

1) Three reading response papers (500 words each) (30%)
2) Focal question (1%)
3) Topic paper (1000 words) (19%)
4) Final paper (3500 words) (50%)

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Total of 30 contact hours of classroom time, with 30 additional hours of required reading expected over the semester, as well as independent research for the three papers.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will be made available to students enrolled in the course.

Preliminary Reading

US National Intelligence Council, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds (Washington, DC: US GPO, 2012).


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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1994-2003 $1338
2014 $3582
2013 $3582
2012 $3582
2011 $3576
2010 $3570
2009 $3570
2008 $3402
2007 $3132
2006 $3084
2005 $2988
2004 $2412
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2010 $4134
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2008 $4002
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2006 $3864
2005 $3864
2004 $3864
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4834 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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