• Class Number 2203
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Christopher Ballard
    • AsPr Christopher Ballard
  • 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 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

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 Welcome and Introduction; Academic Integrity
2 Pacific Chiefdoms and Kingdoms; Rise of the State in Southeast Asia
3 Essay-Writing Skills; Rethinking Area Studies for Asia
4 Problematizing the Nation in South Asia; Nation and Decolonisation in Indonesia
5 Identity and Heritage; Nation, State, Trans-Nation
6 Environmental Activism; Disasters Without Borders
7 Pandemics and Pandemonium; Health Across Borders
8 Expansive Visions in Oceania; Popular Culture in Asia
9 Kinships and Social Connections in China; Informal Life Politics in Japan
10 Globalising India; Chinese Nationalism
11 Preparation for Student Group Presentations
12 Student Group Presentation Afternoon; Course Dinner

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 15 % 26/02/2019 28/05/2019 1,2,3
Critical review 15 % 22/03/2019 29/03/2019 1,2,3
Research essay 50 % 28/05/2019 07/06/2019 1,2,3
Group Presentation 20 % 31/05/2019 07/06/2019 1,2,3

* 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: 15 %
Due Date: 26/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Students are expected to attend each week and to make informed contributions to discussions.

See the Wattle site for assessment details.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 22/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Critical review

1,500 word critical analysis of one English-language scholarly journal article. See the Wattle site for the the assessment details.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 28/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Research essay

5,000-word research essay advancing a central argument on a topic explicitly related to course themes and following course requirements.  Learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3.

See the Wattle site for the the assessment details.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Group Presentation

Communicating research findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences is crucial to the advancement of knowledge.

See the Wattle site for the the assessment details.

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).
AsPr Christopher Ballard
02 6125 0305

Research Interests

History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Heritage, Resources, Disasters in Indonesia and Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, West Papua, New Caledonia)

AsPr Christopher Ballard

Tuesday 16:00 17:00
AsPr Christopher Ballard
6125 0305

Research Interests

AsPr Christopher Ballard

Tuesday 16:00 17:00

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