• Code ASIA3026
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • 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 Jane Ferguson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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2017 TOPIC - Semester 2: Airlines in Asia and the Pacific.

This is a 'special topics' course that covers emerging issues and provides an opportunity for students to learn about events, places, peoples and forms of knowledge in Asia, ranging from the local to the global. Topics may focus on particular societies and states, localities, or trans-regional issues. Many of these topics will build on the concepts and methodological tools presented in discipline courses, and give an in-depth understanding of how they are applied, and critiqued, in specific contexts.

Information on each topic offered in this shell course will be outlined in the 'Other Information' section each year, including the topic title, the topic convener, the session it will be offered in, and an indication of workload.

Learning Outcomes

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


Due to the individual nature of this course it is not possible to provide an exclusive list of learning outcomes. However, the following is an indicative list of possible outcomes. it is expected that on successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1. identify issues of interest in the field under consideration;
2. discuss these issues coherently and persuasively;
3. assess arguments made in the field;
4. explain the complex attitudes people have to these issues;
5. analyse and compare relevant data;
6. collaborate with other students and staff to select and combine materials for a case study;
7. research, present and justify the results of your collaboration with other students and staff with respect to the case studies;
8. reflect on and articulate how your own views on the field have developed over the course of the semester

Other Information

Semester 2 topic: Airlines in Asia and the Pacific: Histories, Technologies, Cultures, and Geographies

While aviation continues to inspire our imaginations, the traveling public is often eluded by the geo-political, technical, and cultural complexities of this massive industry in the Asia-Pacific region (and beyond). This course consists of three major sections: human-machine relationships, aviation labor, and finally aviation consumers/passengers. Drawing upon engineering history and human-machine relationships, this course will discuss how aviation developed in relation to other forms of transportation and surveillance, as well as how “human factors” discourses are used to assess aviation disasters. Next, it will examine aviation labor: from the highly sexualised icon of the flight attendant to the air traffic controller or the outsourced customer service representative, their interlocking roles, and the ways in which they are subject to security regimes as well as neoliberal pushes for flexible labor. Finally, the consumers of aviation: passengers and cargo. How has the container revolution changed our tastes in foods? How have the demographics of the flying public changed? How have marketing strategies and loyalty programs sought to segment elites? Following a general history of the industry and selected case studies from the Asia-Pacific, this course will explore the histories, laws, economies and cultures as they come together in the machines, labor, and consumers that form the aviation industry today. 

Contact: jane.ferguson@anu.edu.au or cap.student@anu.edu.au

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Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ASIA8028

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.




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 to 12 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $476 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $680 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Issues in Japanese Policy
6471 25 Aug 2017 25 Aug 2017 08 Sep 2017 22 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Airlines in Asia and the Pacific: Histories, Techn
8431 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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