• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code ASPP-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Asia-Pacific Politics Major


The ANU is a world-leading centre for advanced research on the politics of Asia and the Pacific. This major allows students to develop an expertise in the politics of the region and comparative politics, equipping them with the skills to analyse and compare political systems and phenomena. The major provides opportunities for students to concentrate on politics of China, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Northeast Asia, and the Pacific. An Asia-Pacific politics major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop a career specialising in the politics of this dynamic region.

Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major, whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

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Major Requirements


This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia 6
ASIA1035 Introduction to Asian Politics 6
ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes 6
INTR3002 Global Governance in the Asia-Pacific 6

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2026 The Politics of China 6
ASIA2031 Japanese Politics 6
ASIA2039 Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis 6
ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea 6
ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2090 Study Tour: The Political Economy of Myanmar 6
ASIA2096 North Korea: History, Culture, Politics 6
ASIA2109 Violence, Poverty, and Politics in India 6
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
ASIA3014 Study Tour: Southeast Asian Frontiers – Thailand and Burma/Myanmar 12
POLS2055 Pacific Politics 6
POLS2069 Politics in Russia 6
POLS2070 Politics in Central Asia 6
ASIA2222 Taiwanese Society and Politics 6
PASI2030 Study Tour: Regional Policymaking for Pacific Development 6
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