• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, International Relations, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ross Tapsell
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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See "Other Information" section for 2021 timetable information.

The ambitious Asia Programs of the Australian National University were initiated more than sixty years ago, partly to support the Australian Government's postwar national re-orientation toward Asia. The application of knowledge about Asia to Government's engagement with the region continues to fluctuate in importance and design, in this the so-called 'Asian century'. Australia's engagement with the region, it is also true to say, is not getting easier.

This course involves (a) a brief overview of the development of Australian Government policy toward the Asian region; and (b) an introduction to the practical work of a number of government and non-government organisations dealing with Asian issues and c) conceptual understanding and debates over what it means to 'engage Asia'. The course will be of particular interest to students intending to pursue a career in the Asian region, and will draw upon not only the strong academic expertise at ANU but also the expertise and experience of a range of Government departments and other 'Asia-bound' organisations based in Canberra.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read and critically analyse debates surrounding the term 'Asia literacy'.
  2. Develop an understanding of the practical usefulness of Asian Studies knowledge.
  3. Analyse and evaluate the defining characteristics of Asia-Australia relations, and learn how the traditions and cultural roots of bygone years continue to influence cultural behaviour between Australia and Asia today.
  4. Illustrate and inspect the forces that shape perceptions of Asian nations in Australia.
  5. Examine information flows between Asia and Australia, and what might influence these flows.
  6. Demonstrate writing skills and ability to present arguments to others.

Other Information

2021 Timetable

The course is run online and through two intensive 'weekends' to allow for flexible learning arrangements especially for those who work full-time. The first intensive is Friday 5-8pm March 12 and Saturday 9am-5pm March 13. The second intensive is Friday 5-8pm April 30 and Saturday 1 May 9am-5pm. There are no other tutorials except for these intensives.. At this stage, the seminars will be held in both on-campus format and Zoom, ideally allowing for you to attend whether you are in Canberra or not. 


However, the course is run over the entire semester 1. Each week you will WATCH an video I will upload (only around 20 mins each week) which frames the topic. Then you will READ the two articles of each week, and by the end of the week, WRITE 300 words in the 'posts' section of each week. The DISCUSSION of each topic occurs between us all at the intensive seminars.

 This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Opinion/debate piece (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Discussion postings of readings & lectures (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Essay (due end Semester 1) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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This course is 'blended' which means a combination of online learning and activities as well as intensive, in-class seminars and discussions. As the in-class component of this course is intensive, it is compulsory to attend the vast majority (and ideally, all) of thesessions listed above. These sessions will be facilitated by the convenor, but there will be numerous guest speakers, including from outside the university (such as the public service, NGOs, business etc). The online and e-learning component of the course will be runthroughout the duration of the semester, and the final assessments will be due at the end of the semester teaching period. Further and more detailed information of assessments and activitieswill be provided on the course's Wattle site.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses. This course is incompatible with ASIA8040.

Prescribed Texts




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4368 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online or In Person View

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