• Class Number 4238
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Robert Cribb
    • Dr Robert Cribb
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course traces the historical development of Asia's diverse political systems. It examines underlying geo-political realities and their implications for political structure and focusses on the religious and political systems of thought that have shaped Asian political systems, especially regarding leadership, the family, ethnicity, social class and age. The course commences with the emergence of civilization in Asia, examines political structures as they were influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity,  the transformation of ethnic and national identities brought about in the era of western imperialism, and the assertion of new political ideals inspired by communism, liberalism, religions and reinterpretations of the past.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the broad outlines of Asian political history

2. Identify links between political structures and ideological and religious thought in the Asian context

3. Use the categories class, gender, ethnicity and age as analytical templates for identifying diversity in Asian political systems.

4. Identify the argument in a scholarly article or chapter.

5. Prepare an analytical essay based on responsible practice and course presentation guidelines

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

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 Introduction and Origins
2 The big civilizations
3 Webs of connection
4 The First Globalization
5 The Second Globalization
6 Asian Modernizations
7 Mid-semester break
8 Anzac Day: No lecture
9 Colonial modernization
10 War and decolonization
11 Cold War Part 1
12 Cold War Part 2
13 Shadows of the Past

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quiz 10 % 25/02/2019 31/05/2019 1
Tutorial tasks 10 % 04/03/2019 31/05/2019 2, 3, 4
Diagnostic essay (700 words) 15 % 22/03/2019 05/04/2019 1, 5
Analytical essay, 1500 words 30 % 03/05/2019 17/05/2019 2, 3, 5
Examination 35 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 5

* 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 Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1


Students will complete an online quiz each week after the lecture. There will be 4-5 questions each week and a total of 50 questions. Each question is worth 0.1% of the marks for the course.

Correct answers will be visible after the quiz closes. Students may raise issues with the quiz with the lecturer.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Tutorial tasks

Minor tasks for submission in tutorial classes during the semester.

These tasks are intended to promote tutorial participation and are in lieu of a subjective mark for participation. In general, the results of the tasks will be discussed in class and students will receive only a mark for their work.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 22/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 5

Diagnostic essay (700 words)

Due 11.55 p.m. Friday Week 4

Students will receive the essays with comments approximately two weeks after submission (if submitted on time).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 5

Analytical essay, 1500 words

Due 11.55 p.m. Friday Week 8

Students will receive the essays with comments approximately two weeks after submission (if submitted on time).

Assessment Task 5

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5


Two hour exam, including quiz,…  essays on seen, analytical topics and…  

To be held during the examination period.

There is normally no feedback provided on examinations. In the event that a student's final result seems anomalous, the student should contact the lecturer in the first instance.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community 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 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 University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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

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).
Dr Robert Cribb
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

History of Indonesia; history of Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar; national identity, mass violence, historical geography, orangutans

Dr Robert Cribb

Dr Robert Cribb
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Robert Cribb

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