• 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 Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, International Relations, Asia Pacific Studies

The ambitious Asia Programs of the Australian National University were initiated more than sixty years ago, partly to support the Australian Government's postwar national re-orientation toward Asia. The application of knowledge about Asia to Government's engagement with the region continues to fluctuate in importance and design, in this the so-called 'Asian century'. Australia's engagement with the region, it is also true to say, is not getting easier.

This course involves (a) a brief overview of the development of Australian Government policy toward the Asian region; and (b) an introduction to the practical work of a number of government and non-government organisations dealing with Asian issues and c) conceptual understanding and debates over what it means to 'engage Asia'. The course will be of particular interest to students intending to pursue a career in the Asian region, and will draw upon not only the strong academic expertise at ANU but also the expertise and experience of a range of Government departments and other 'Asia-bound' organisations based in Canberra.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Examine existing literature and theory regarding 'Asia literacy', and critically engage in the practical and theoretical paradigms that apply to Asian studies.
2. Analyse political and social implications of Australian engagement with Asia over a historical period, by developing an understanding of the defining characteristics of Asia-Australia relations, and learn how the traditions and cultural roots of bygone years continue to influence cultural behaviour between Australia and Asia today.
3.  Examine the historical, social and cultural environments that produce elements of ‘Asian-ness’ and use this knowledge to develop their critical thinking.
4. Demonstrate critical research skills and the ability to synthesise and critique existing scholarship.
5. Display high level reading comprehension and writing skills, and presenting in the style of a professional environment.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

Workshop participation (10%)
Workshop presentation (20%)
Discussion postings of readings & lectures (35%)
Research project (due end Semester 1) (35%)

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This course is 'blended' which means a combination of online learning and activities as well as intensive, in-class seminars and discussions. As the in-class component of this course is intensive, it is compulsory to attend the vast majority (and ideally, all) of thesessions listed above. These sessions will be facilitated by the convenor, but there will be numerous guest speakers, including from outside the university (such as the public service, NGOs, business etc). The online and e-learning component of the course will be runthroughout the duration of the semester, and the final assessments will be due at the end of the semester teaching period. Further and more detailed information of assessments and activitieswill be provided on the course's Wattle site.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ASIA3021

Preliminary Reading

Milner, A.C., and Quilty, M., Australia in Asia: Comparing Cultures, Oxford University Press, 1998.


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
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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
3087 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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