• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, International Affairs, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Ruth Barraclough
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate in separate classes.

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

Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

Presentation Podcast 10% (LO 1,2,3)
Comparative Book Review 20% (LO 1,3,4)
Geography and History Quiz 20% (LO1,2,3)
Research Essay 40% (LO 1,2,3,4)
Class Participation 10% (LO 1,2,3,4)

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Equivalent to approximately 10 hours per week including 3 hours of class time and 7 hours of reading and preparation. Total workload is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. 

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 ASIA8011.

Preliminary Reading

Louise Young, Japan’s Total Empire: Manchuria and Culture of Wartime Imperialism, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999
Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Showa: An Inside History of Hirohito’s Japan, Methuen, 1984
Hyun Ok Park, Two Dreams in One Bed: Empire, Social Life and the Origins of the North Korean Revolution in Manchuria, Durham, Duke University Press, 2005
Chen Jian, Mao’s China and the Cold War, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2001

Yosano Akiko (trans. Joshua Fogel), Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia, New York, Columbia University Press, 2001
Timothy Brook, Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China, Harvard, Harvard University Press, 2005


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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

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.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6981 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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