• Class Number 8364
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Rebecca Gidley
    • Rebecca Gidley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
    • Tzu-Chien Yen
SELT Survey Results

Asian politics is diverse and rapidly changing.  Many different types of political system can be found in Asia, including communist regimes, constitutional monarchies, democracies and military-based authoritarian governments.  Moreover, seemingly entrenched systems can be overturned, as witnessed in Indonesian’s transition to democracy or Thailand’s return to authoritarianism.  The study of Asian politics not only gives insights into recent phenomena in the world’s most rapidly growing region, but also provides a setting for understanding and relating political theory to real world developments.  This course has two main purposes.  First, it will introduce students to major concepts and theories within political science and secondly will use examples from within Asia to illustrate different political science categories and approaches.  During the course, scholars of the politics of South Asia, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as of transnational and strategic relations within Asia, will discuss particular themes within political science and relate these to their region or topic of specialization.  In this way, students will emerge with a broad knowledge of both politics as a discipline and political developments within Asia.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to

1. Engage with Asia linguistically and culturally as a basis for independent lifelong learning from Asia and with Asia.
2. Use concepts and methods from the humanities and social sciences to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia, its regions, and its place in the world.
3. Use engagement with Asia’s diversity as a basis for critically reflecting on concepts, methods and knowledge in the humanities and social sciences.
4. Communicate knowledge of Asia to diverse audiences using academic and applied styles, in both English and an Asian language.
5. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems, individually and in groups.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Power, Actors and Ideas: Introducing Politics and Political Science
2 Democracy and Authoritarianism: Political Systems in Asia and the Pacific
3 Norms, Hierarchies and Ideas: Informal Power Structures in the Asia-Pacific
4 Power Transitions and Processes of Change: Drivers and Outcomes
5 Women in Politics Preliminary Paper due this week, 19 August.
6 Communism in China (A/Prof Sally Sargeson)
7 Asia's Political Economy (Dr Paul Kenny)
8 Agency vs Structure (Tom Power)
9 Asia's History as Politics (Dr Lauren Richardson) Research Essay due this week, 30 September.
10 Religion, Belief, and Politics (A/Prof Greg Fealy)
11 Ethnicity, Conflict and Politics (Prof Edward Aspinall)
12 Domestic Politics, Regional Patterns and International Contexts: How do they Interrelate?

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial registration will be available on Wattle on Monday, 22 July 2019, 8:30 AM.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Participation 10 % 24/10/2019 28/11/2019 3, 5
Preliminary Paper 10 % 19/08/2019 30/08/2019 1, 2, 4
Tutorial Presentation 15 % 24/10/2019 28/11/2019 2, 4
Research Essay 35 % 30/09/2019 18/10/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take Home Exam 30 % 04/11/2019 28/11/2019 1, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 24/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3, 5

Tutorial Participation

You are expected to attend both lectures and tutorials. Participation in tutorials will be assessed at the end of the semester. It is the responsibility of each student to sign in to each tutorial week they attend. Further details on what constitutes good participation in tutorials will be discussed in the first lecture.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 19/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Preliminary Paper

Write an 800 word essay on the following topic - Is there a future for democracy in Asia? Papers are due by 11:55pm, Monday 19 August 2019, and will be returned FRiday 30 August.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 24/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4

Tutorial Presentation

You will give a presentation during one of the tutorials during the semester (dates to be determined at the first tutorial). Your presentation should be no more than 7 minutes, and you should then lead discussion amongst your colleagues for another 10 minutes. In this presentation you should briefly summarise the main argument of one of the readings and then extend it to your own analysis. You can explore the same theme or argument in another context, bring in more contemporary examples, or disagree with the argument and put forward a counterexample.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 30/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 18/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Research Essay

Write a 2000 word essay on one of the topics provided on Wattle, or devise a research topic in consultation with the lecturer. The topic for the research essay must be different from the tutorial presentation. Essays are due by 11:55pm, Monday 30 September 2019.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 04/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4

Take Home Exam

The take home exam will be released at 9am Monday 4 November and is due at 11:55pm Tuesday 5 November. No late submissions.

Further details of the format of the exam will be discussed in lectures.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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