• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives (ASIA8049)

This course will run intensively in 2017. See workload for details.

This course introduces the exciting new field of International History, viewed from an Asia Pacific perspective. Through a series of case studies of the region, students will develop the skills to analyze how the norms, practices and structures that underpin international affairs today have developed since the 19th century, and what role Asia and the Pacific region played in this process. The course prompts students to imagine alternative pathways and outcomes arising from specific historical moments. Examples of these key case studies include: Pattern of the adaptation of international law by China and Japan; alternatives to the Europe-centred world system; critical assessment of the idea of human rights; colonial participation in international organizations; the development of international anti-terrorist law; historical origins of the border disputes in Northeast Asia; and the development of refugee law, with its implications for the current refugee crisis in Asia and Australia.

Learning Outcomes

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

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


1. critically assess key ideas and debates in international history

2. understand the role of Asia and the Pacific region in the development of international law and international organisations

3.critically assess historical documents of international conventions, identifying diverse agendas of multiple stakeholders in given historical contexts.

4. develop a critical perspective to on major debates in international history and international affairs.

5. critically utilise case studies and concrete evidence when arguing analytical points in writing.

6. summarise, digest and present the contents of analytical readings

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Participation: 10%  
First assignment (Literature review): 40% 2000 words
Final Essay: 50% 4000 words 

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The course will be run 6 hours/w over 6 weeks, including one writing workshop in the middle of the course. Each three hour session will have a lecture on the key issue of the topic and will introduce historical background and case study materials. It will be followed by a workshop style seminar, in which 1) students critically examine the assigned key literature; 2) examine the historical case/s of Asia and/or the Pacific, including legal and institutional documents; 3) examine what problems these cases present to the key issue; 4) develop research questions from these discussions. Students will be expected to do 2 hours of reading per session. 

The course will run on the following days in semester 2 2017:

Friday 4 August

Friday 11 August

Friday 18 August

Friday 6 October

Friday 13 October

Friday 20 October

See timetable.anu.edu.au for the venue and times. 

Prescribed Texts

Akami, Tomoko, 2002, Internationalizing the Pacific: The US, Japan and the Institute of Pacific Relations in War and Peace, 1919-1945, London: Routledge.

Preliminary Reading

A. Best et al eds, International History of the Twentieth Century,London: Routledge, 2004.

H. Bull, The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics, the third edition, London: Palgrave, 2002 c1977.

E.H. Carr, The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919–1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations, London: Papermac, 1993 c1939.

Fassbender, B. et al eds, Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 (hereafterOHHIL: internet source at the ANU library).

A. Iriye, Global Community: The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

B. Mazlish and A. Iriye eds, The Global History Reader, London: Routledge, 2005.

J. Osterhammel, P. Camiller trans., The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
9073 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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