• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Tomlinson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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National and Transnational Histories in Asia and the Pacific (ASIA8020)

This course provides students with an advanced understanding of the key national and transnational issues in the Asia-Pacific. Teaching is research-led and delivered by a team of specialists including historians, anthropologists, political scientists, and legal experts from across the College of Asia and the Pacific and the ANU. Drawing on deep regional and conceptual expertise, weekly seminars explore Asia-Pacific challenges using different disciplinary approaches to the nation-state as a unit of analysis.

Course themes include sovereignty, nation-building, imperialism and anti-colonialism, nationalism, identities, cultures and ethnicity.  Case studies used to illustrate key issues may include Thailand, Indonesia, India, Korea, China and the Pacific.  Transnational challenges, including maritime disputes in the South China Sea, natural disasters and epidemics in the Asia-Pacific and popular culture in Indonesia and Korea are also presented.

Graduate students are re-introduced to the academic environment and to the advanced skills necessary for the investigation, critical analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and communication of complex information. Graduate students plan, research and execute an individual research project related to course themes. Weekly classes offer an interactive learning environment that fosters a spirit of inquiry and reinforces intellectual standards, clarity and critical thinking. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course students should have the skills and knowledge to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of key national and transnational issues in the Asia-Pacific
2. Critically evaluate, synthesise and construct evidence-based arguments, integrating theoretical frameworks
3. Communicate arguments and findings effectively, both orally and in writing

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus

Indicative Assessment

Research essay 50%
Critical analysis 15%
Participation 15%
Presentation 20%

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- one 3-hour seminar per week
- 5-6 hours of pre-class reading or other preparation


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
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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2283 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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