single degree

Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements

The Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs provides students with an in-depth exploration of Asia-Pacific regional affairs including politics and government, international relations and security, conflict and peacebuilding, history and cultural identity.  This program provides the opportunity to integrate a period of study in Japan to broaden understanding and perspective.

Students will undertake courses from four different subject and disciplinary areas that draw on the strengths of ANU: politics and government; international relations and security; conflict and peacebuilding; and history and cultural identity.

Students will have the opportunity to study at Ritsumeikan University in Japan.

This innovative program will give students a unique opportunity to understand the transnational forces and contemporary challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region, and to deepen their understanding and appreciation of different Asia-Pacific cultures.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications to commence from first semester, 2019

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2019

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the historical and contemporary dimensions of politics and government, international relations and security, conflict and peacebuilding, and history and cultural identity in the Asia-Pacific region;
  2. Use concepts and methods from the social sciences and humanities to develop, review, analyse, and synthesise knowledge about the Asia-Pacific region and its roles in the world;
  3. Reflect critically on the principal factors that determine the major political, security, diplomatic, and historical issues in the Asia-Pacific region;
  4. Engage with the Asia-Pacific region’s diversity in meaningful ways;
  5. Critically apply theoretical frameworks and research techniques to understanding key issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Further Information

For further information on the Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs, please email 
Follow the link for information on the Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts from Ritsumeikan University, offered as a dual degree with the ANU Bachleor of Asia-Pacific Affairs.

Admission Requirements

  1. An ATAR of 82 or an equivalent rank derived from an Australian Year 12 qualification or international equivalent
  2. The ANU English Language Admission Requirements for admission into a Bachelor Degree program, as advertised by ANU at time of application
QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs requires the completion of 192 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia

INTR1021 Understanding Peace and Conflict

INTR3001 Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice

INTR3002 Global Governance in the Asia-Pacific

PASI1011 Pacific Encounters: An introduction to Pacific Studies

PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development

STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies

STST3002 Australia’s Security in the Asian Century


A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of Politics and Government courses from the following list:

ASIA2026 The Politics of China

ASIA2031 Japanese Politics

ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda

ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes

ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia

ASIA2109 Violence, Poverty, and Politics in India

ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

POLS2055 Pacific Politics


A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of International Relations and Security courses from the following list:

ASIA2017 History of International Relations in Northeast Asia

ASIA2111 Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia

INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula

INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

INTR2028 Regionalism, Rights and Order in Southeast Asia

STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific

STST2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons

STST2131 Security Communities from War to Peace

WARS2001 Theories of War: An historical and global perspective

WARS2002 The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989


A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of Conflict and Peace-building courses from the following list:

ASIA2081 Human Rights in Asia

ASIA2087 Peace Building in the Pacific and Asia

ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific

DIPL2000 Leadership and Diplomacy

GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture

INTR2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building

PASI2003 Environment and Development in the Pacific

POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies



A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of History and Cultural Identity courses from the following list:

ASIA2037 History of Modern China

ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments

ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia

ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia

ASIA2301 Prehistoric Origins: Archaeology of Asia and the Pacific

ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives

ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives

ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia

ASIA2308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World

PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries

PASI2003 Environment and Development in the Pacific

PASI2006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific


A maximum of 24 units from completion of Japanese Language courses from the following list:

JPNS1012 Japanese 1: Spoken

JPNS1014 Japanese 1: Written

JPNS2003 Japanese 2: Spoken

JPNS2005 Japanese 2: Written

JPNS2012 Japanese 3

JPNS2013 Japanese 4

JPNS3022 Japanese 5

JPNS3028 Japanese 6


96 units from completion of electives courses offered by ANU.

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

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