• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Thomas Dubois
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course examines the place of empire in shaping the history of Asia. It asks what makes empires distinct, how they were constructed and held together, how they operated in theory and practice, and why they disintegrated or transitioned into other forms. It takes a broad historical approach to empire that includes native Asian polities, the rise of European colonialism in the region, and the legacies of empire in postcolonial Asia. It examines the political, economic and ideological drivers of empire and resistance, as well as the impact of empire on the lives of the ruled and the rulers.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand and describe how historians have approached the study of empire in Asia;
2. Understand and be able to use skills foundational to the study of history;
3. Evaluate how the study of Asia has influenced the discipline of history;
4. Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of history to develop, review, analyze and synthesise knowledge about Asia.

Indicative Assessment

Contribution to discussion (10%); two article summaries – 500 words each, 10% each – (20%); long essay (2,500 words) (30%); Two-hour exam (40%).

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1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week, estimated 7  hours per week study and preparation

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of courses.

Prescribed Texts

Reading list to be provided in the course outline.

Indicative Reading List

Reading list to be provided in the course outline.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3392 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person

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