• Class Number 2136
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jack Fenner
    • Dr Jack Fenner
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course is an introduction to the Asia and Pacific region. Asia, home to around forty percent of the world's population, is a region of extraordinary natural and cultural diversity. It is characterised by both striking patterns of continuity across time and space, as well as far-reaching and rapid social and physical change. Students will be introduced to this diversity first through an overview of the people and places across the region. This provides the basis for exploring people's interactions with their natural environment and the technologies they use to sustain their lives, as well as for investigating the dynamics of power and resistance, and the processes of nationalism and globalisation. We will consider how each of these have shaped, and continue to shape, Asia's past, present and future. The course will encompass both discussion of big questions around these themes, as well as case studies presented by some of the most distinguished ANU experts on Asia and the Pacific.

Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change is one of two required foundational courses for the Bachelor of Asian Studies degree. It is also highly suitable for students from other programs who would like to learn the basics of understanding the Asia-Pacific region, and assists them in gaining what is sometimes called "Asian literacy", a valuable attribute in any career in the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental issues and themes relevant to the diversity Asia and the Pacific
2. evaluate the different theoretical and methodological perspectives for analysing Asia and the Pacific
3. reflect on and articulate their own viewpoints on aspects of Asia-Pacific diversity
4. demonstrate basic skills of research, reading and 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 People & Places The first lecture includes an introduction to the course content and structure. Tutorial sessions will be held this week, but no pre-session preparation is needed.
2 People & Places Critical Summary assignment details are available on Wattle as of this week.
3 People & Places Essay topics and assignment details are available on Wattle as of this week.
4 Nationalism & Globalisation
5 Nationalism & Globalisation The Critical Summary assignment is due this week. See the course Wattle page for specific assignment and due date instructions.
6 Nationalism & Globalisation; Environments The teaching break (6 - 19 April) follows this week.
7 Environment, Sustainability & Technology
8 Environment, Sustainability & Technology Stage 1 of the essay assignment is due this week. See the course Wattle page for specific assignment and due date instructions.
9 Environment, Sustainability & Technology
10 Power & Resistance
11 Power & Resistance Stage 2 of the essay assignment is due this week. See the course Wattle page for specific assignment and due date instructions.
12 Power & Resistance and Course Themes Review

Tutorial Registration

See the course Wattle site for tutorial registration.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Assessment 15 % 28/02/2020 29/05/2020 1,2,3
Critical Summary 20 % 26/03/2020 07/04/2020 2,3,4
Essay Stage 1 5 % 30/04/2020 07/05/2020 1,2,3,4
Essay Stage 2 25 % 21/05/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4
Final Exam 35 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 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 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: 28/02/2020
Return of Assessment: 29/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Tutorial Assessment

You are expected to come prepared to every tutorial. Specific preparation instructions for each tutorial are provided on the Wattle site, along with submission due date information (which may vary by tutorial section). There is no assignment to prepare for the first tutorial during Week 1 of class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 07/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Critical Summary

You are required to write a 800 - 1,000 word critical summary of an article of your choice from a list of articles.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 30/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 07/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Essay Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Essay involves writing a proposal that provides an initial overview of your question and argument, and an annotated bibliography of sources. More specific information will be provided via the course Wattle page. Stage 1 must be completed for Stage 2 to receive a mark.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 21/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Essay Stage 2

Use the approach and research developed during Stage 1 to produce a 1500 to 2000 word essay. More specific information will be provided via the course Wattle page.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

Includes a map test, short answer or paragraph answer questions, and one or two essay response questions. Covers all course content, including expert speaker lectures, readings, and tutorials. Exam administered during the semester exam period (4 - 20 June) at a time and place to be announced.

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 Jack Fenner
02 6125 2121

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Dr Jack Fenner

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Dr Jack Fenner

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