• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bethwyn Evans
    • Dr Jack Fenner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course is an introduction to the Asia and Pacific region. Asia, home to around forty percent of the world's population, is a region of extraordinary natural and cultural diversity. It is characterised by both striking patterns of continuity across time and space, as well as far-reaching and rapid social and physical change. Students will be introduced to this diversity first through an overview of the people and places across the region. This provides the basis for exploring people's interactions with their natural environment and the technologies they use to sustain their lives, as well as for investigating the dynamics of power and resistance, and the processes of nationalism and globalisation. We will consider how each of these have shaped, and continue to shape, Asia's past, present and future. The course will encompass both discussion of big questions around these themes, as well as case studies presented by some of the most distinguished ANU experts on Asia and the Pacific.

Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change is one of two required foundational courses for the Bachelor of Asian Studies degree. It is also highly suitable for students from other programs who would like to learn the basics of understanding the Asia-Pacific region, and assists them in gaining what is sometimes called "Asian literacy", a valuable attribute in any career in the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental issues and themes relevant to the diversity Asia and the Pacific
2. evaluate the different theoretical and methodological perspectives for analysing Asia and the Pacific
3. reflect on and articulate their own viewpoints on aspects of Asia-Pacific diversity
4. demonstrate basic skills of research, reading and writing..

Indicative Assessment

1. Tutorial preparation
-10% of course grade; addresses learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3
2. Critical Summary
- 20% of course mark; addresses learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4
3. Essay
-30% of course mark; addresses all four learning outcomes
4. Exam
- 40% of course mark; addresses all four learning outcomes

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Contact hours for this course are two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials per week. Students are expected to spend an additional six hours of independent study on prescribed class readings, tutorial preparation, and assessment preparation.

Prescribed Texts

There is no single prescribed text for this course. Readings will be provided from various sources and made available on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Readings for this course will be from a variety of sources, and will include introductory texts to the Asia and Pacific region from the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines.




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
2280 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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