• Class Number 9376
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Ruth Barraclough
    • AsPr Ruth Barraclough
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
    • Alison Darby
SELT Survey Results

Northeast Asia, with a population of some 1.7 billion, and containing the world's second and third largest economies, is a region of enormous political, economic and cultural significance. It is also currently in the midst of major transformations. Developments in the region, including the rise of China and ongoing efforts to resolve the crisis created by the last remaining corner of the Cold War - the division of the Korean Peninsula - have global implications. Meanwhile, the countries of the region are gradually moving towards the creation of closer regional integration. In order to understand these developments, and their profound implications for Australia and the rest of the world, we need to understand the historical, cultural and social context in which they occur. This course offers a new look at Northeast Asia. Key themes addressed include: the legacies of the Asia-Pacific and Korean Wars; the Cold War architecture of Northeast Asia; migration and cultural interactions between the countries of the regions in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras; the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan questions and their implications for relations between the countries of the region; and contemporary political and social issues in the region. This course will help students to develop their research skills, through finding and interpreting historical sources, current data and visual material on Northeast Asia. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate and understanding of historical developments in modern Northeast Asia
2. Analyse the current state of relations between countries of the region.
3. Interpret the impact of historical events on current state-society relations in Northeast Asia
4. Critically assess contemporary debates on Northeast Asian regionalism

Required Resources

All readings for this course will be available on Wattle.

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 Week One: Introduction, Key Topics, Assessment Review
2 Week Two: Language Politics and East Asian History
3 Week Three: Pan-Asianism and Japanese Colonialism
4 Week Four: Spectres of Empire
5 Week Five: Manchuria in North East Asian History
6 Week Six: Migration and Citizenship
7 Week Seven: Transnational Activism in Northeast Asia
8 Week Eight: The Future of Regionalism
9 Week Nine: China in the World Today
10 Week Ten: Korea Beyond Division
11 Week Eleven: Gender Politics in Northeast Asia
12 Week Twelve: Australian Anxieties around North East Asia

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Book Review 15 % 12/10/2020 19/10/2020 1,2,3,4
Film Review 15 % 24/09/2020 01/10/2020 1,2,3,4
Midterm Quiz 15 % 01/09/2020 07/09/2020 1,2,3
Student Zoom Presentation 15 % 01/08/2020 01/11/2020 1,2,3,4
Final Exam 40 % 02/11/2020 28/11/2020 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: 12/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 19/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Book Review

The Book Review is 800 words for undergraduates and 1000 words for postgraduates. Students will select one book to review out of a choice of two - both books will be introduced and discussed in class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 24/09/2020
Return of Assessment: 01/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Film Review

Film Review is 800 words for undergraduates and 1000 words for postgraduates. The film to be reviewed is Akira Kurosawa’s 1975 classic Dersu Uzula. We will set aside some time in class to discuss how to structure and write a film review.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/09/2020
Return of Assessment: 07/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Midterm Quiz

This is a geography and biography quiz that asks students to identify and summarise key features and figures of Northeast Asia that we have covered in class. It is an online, open-book quiz that will run for approximately four hours. Should take no longer than two hours to complete.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 01/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Student Zoom Presentation

Students will select a week for their zoom class presentation, based upon the topic and readings for that week. Presentation will take the form of a 20 minute talk and accompanying visually rich powerpoint with class handout of 500+ words. Class handout should include summary of the readings please some key questions for class discussion.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 02/11/2020
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

The form of the final exam, and how to study for it, will be discussed in class. This piece of assessment is for undergraduates only.

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 Ruth Barraclough
03 6125 3438

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AsPr Ruth Barraclough
02 6125 3438

Research Interests

AsPr Ruth Barraclough

Thursday 14:00 16:00
Alison Darby

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Alison Darby

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