• Class Number 6747
  • Term Code 2950
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr George Carter
    • Dr Roannie Ng Shiu
    • James Batley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/06/2019
  • Class End Date 26/08/2019
  • Census Date 12/07/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 24/06/2019
SELT Survey Results

Students will spend two weeks in Fiji undertaking learning with USP peers and leveraging ANU’s strong connections in the region to obtain hands on experience working with three leading regional institutions – the University of the South Pacific (USP), the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), and the Pacific Community (SPC). Students will be exposed to issues that are of direct relevance to Australia’s regional interests, and examine the main theoretical approaches to Pacific development such as Postcolonialism and Development Economics and how they affect development policy in the Pacific. Students will have an unique opportunity to experience policy-making and diplomacy in action from inside some of the region’s most important organisations. Case studies will allow students to explore Pacific development theory and issues that have been identified as priorities by Pacific leaders, including climate change, security, gender, and economic development. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing our neighbours and of the complexity involved in regional approaches to policymaking.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and discuss key debates in Pacific regional policymaking and apply these to different case studies
  2. Identify and discuss different approaches to regional diplomacy in the Pacific and apply these to different case studies
  3. Analyse critical contemporary environmental, political, economic and social development challenges in the Pacific region
  4. Demonstrate advanced skills in critical thinking, reading, writing and oral presentation

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 Pre-departure Program (24 - 25 June 2019) This two day program will provide useful background information in preparation for the in-country program. The schedule for the two day program will be available on Wattle Assessment 1: Pre-departure quiz 10% Participation in this program and completion of the quiz before departure is compulsory otherwise students will not be able to participate in the in-country program.
2 In-country Program (29 June - 13 July 2019) This two week program will involve participation in the 2019 Pacific Update at the University of the South Pacific (USP), mock leaders meeting at the Pacific Island Forum and seminars with a range of organisations. The full program two week program will be available on Wattle. Assessment 2: Learning journal 20% Assessment 3: Participation 10%
3 Post-tour Program (16 -17 July 2019) The reflective presentations will be delivered during this two day program. The schedule for the two day program will be available on Wattle. Assessment 4: Reflective presentation 15% Assessment 5: Research essay 45%

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Pre-departure quiz 10 % 26/06/2019 26/06/2019 1,2
Learning journal 20 % 13/07/2019 16/07/2019 3,4
Participation 10 % 13/07/2019 16/07/2019 1,2,3
Reflective presentation 15 % 17/07/2019 21/07/2019 1,2,3,4
Research Essay 45 % 26/08/2019 16/09/2019 1,2,3,4

* 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: 26/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Pre-departure quiz

This quiz will assess students comprehension of compulsory readings, and knowledge and information from the pre-departure program.

The quiz will be open following the conclusion of the pre-departure program from Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 2.00PM. Students have 90 minutes to complete the quiz.

Students must complete the quiz in order to participate in the in-country study tour program.

Value: 10%

Due: Tuesday 25 June at 2.00PM

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 13/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 16/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Learning journal

Each student must write 4 x 500 word learning reflections during the in-country program. The reflections are based on what students have learnt during the study tour and if their thinking has changed during the study tour.

Further instructions for the learning journal will be given during the In-country briefing on Sunday 30 June.

Value: 20%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 13/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 16/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Students will be assessed on their participation and engagement with the in-country study tour program.

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 17/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Reflective presentation

After the study tour students will give a 10 minute presentation based on their reflection on a topic from the course. The presentations will be given during the Post-tour program from 16 - 17 July 2019.

Instructions for the reflective presentation is available on Wattle.

Value: 15%

Assessment Task 5

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 26/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 16/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay

Students are to write a 3000 word essay from a choice of 5 essay questions.

The essay questions and further instructions are available on Wattle.

Value: 45%

Due: 26 August 2019 at 11.55PM

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

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).

Dr George Carter
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr George Carter

Dr Roannie Ng Shiu
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Roannie Ng Shiu

James Batley
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

James Batley

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions