• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The ambitious Asia Programs of the Australian National University were initiated more than sixty years ago, partly to support the Australian Government's postwar national re-orientation toward Asia. The application of knowledge about Asia to Government's engagement with the region continues to grow in importance and in 2011 Prime Minister Gillard announced the commissioning of a White Paper to examine how best to prepare Australia for 'the Asian century'. Our engagement, it is also true to say, is not getting easier.

This course involves (a) a brief overview of the development of Australian Government policy toward the Asian region; and (b) an introduction to the practical work of a number of Government departments and organisations dealing with Asian issues. The course will be of particular interest to students intending to pursue a career in Government, and will draw upon not only the strong academic expertise at ANU but also the expertise and experience of a range of senior members of Government departments in Canberra.

The course will run over three weekends. Venue TBA. 

17.00-20.00 Friday 28 September

9.00-16.00 Saturday 29 September

17.00-20.00 Friday 12 October

9.00-16.00 Saturday 13 October

17.00-20.00 Friday 26 October

9.00-16.00 Saturday 27 October

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have acquired knowledge and skills in an area of particular importance to those intending to enter the Commonwealth Public Service. The course is designed to demonstrate the practical usefulness of Asian Studies knowledge. Professor Milner is the co-editor of three volumes on Australia's engagement with Asia.

Indicative Assessment

Pre-class assessment:                       10%

Workshop participation:                      10%

Workshop briefs:                                  50%

Final Take-Home Exam:                     30%

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Delivered intensively over three weekends in August-September 2012. Dates to be confirmed. Contact hours 36, non contact approximately 60.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 84 Units of courses.

Preliminary Reading

Milner, A.C., and Quilty, M., Australia in Asia: Comparing Cultures, Oxford University Press, 1998
This text is out of date, but provides an introduction to key, continuing issues




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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