• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, International Relations, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ross Tapsell
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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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 fluctuate in importance and design, in this the so-called 'Asian century'. Australia's engagement with the region, 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 and non-government organisations dealing with Asian issues and c) conceptual understanding and debates over what it means to 'engage Asia'. The course will be of particular interest to students intending to pursue a career in the Asian region, and will draw upon not only the strong academic expertise at ANU but also the expertise and experience of a range of Government departments and other 'Asia-bound' organisations based in Canberra.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Read and critically analyse debates surrounding the term 'Asia literacy' .
2. Develop an understanding of the practical usefulness of Asian Studies knowledge.
3. Analyse and evaluate the defining characteristics of Asia-Australia relations, and learn how the traditions and cultural roots of bygone years continue to influence cultural behaviour between Australia and Asia today.
4. Illustrate and inspect the forces that shape perceptions of Asian nations in Australia.
5. Examine information flows between Asia and Australia, and what might influence these flows.
6. Demonstrate writing skills and ability to present arguments to others.

Indicative Assessment

Workshop participation (10%)
Opinion/debate piece (15%)
Discussion postings of readings & lectures (35%)
Essay (due end Semester 1) (40%)

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This course will run for the duration of first semester, 2016. The course will be 'blended', which means a combination of online learning and activities as well as intensive, in-class seminars and discussions.

 The in-class component of the course will be run on the following dates:

Friday 18 March 5pm-8pm

Saturday 19 March 9am-4pm.

Friday 29 April 5pm-8pm

Saturday 30 April 9am-4pm

As the in-class component of this course is intensive, it is compulsory to attend the vast majority (and ideally, all) of the sessions listed above. These sessions will be facilitated by the convenor, but there will be numerous guest speakers, including from outside the university (such as the public service, NGOs, business etc).

The online and e-learning component of the course will be run throughout the duration of the semester, and the final assessments will be due at the end of the semester teaching period. Further and more detailed information of assessments and activities will be provided on the course's Wattle site.


Requisite and Incompatibility

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




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:
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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4717 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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