• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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The Asia-Pacific is one of the world's most exciting, vibrant and contested regions.  Difficult twentieth century histories have been, for the most part, left behind, as the region looks to a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful future.  However, lingering animosities, persistent inequalities and injustices and unstable polities have the potential to generate regional and even global impacts.  

There are many ways and many entry points into the scholarly exploration of this complex and fascinating region.  Through the broad lens of human rights and with the assistance of key ANU experts, we will explore a range of disciplinary and case study perspectives to develop a better understanding of key institutions and issues in the Asia-Pacific.

Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations in 1948, the notion of universal human rights has been a deeply contested concept.  We will begin by looking at the philosophical and historical foundations of human rights, and we will consider ways of examining human rights theory and practice. From there, we will look at the challenges and issues associated with applying these alleged universal principles across nations with enormous variations in economic and social circumstances as well as across civil and political and cultural traditions.  Lectures and readings provided by ANU experts will highlight human rights issues across the Asia-Pacific including case studies from China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Korea and and the Pacific. Lecturers will also offer insights into disciplinary and methodological approaches to analysing complex social science concepts.  These may include rights, power, legitimacy, social control, human economic patterns, gender, media, and the family.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their expanded knowledge of the modern history of countries in the Asia-Pacific region
  2. Further demonstrate their ability to evaluate opinions, apply critical reasoning and construct effective arguments
  3. Communicate arguments and findings both orally and in writing and in accordance with academic standards
  4. Work interactively and reflectively in teams to deliver coherent group presentations

Indicative Assessment

Participation 15% (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3)

Critical review 15% (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3)

Group presentation 20% (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3)

Research essay 50% (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3)

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The course meets for three hours a week for 12 weeks.  Outside of the contact hours, two outside hours per contact hour for preparation and review would be common.


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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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7272 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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