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Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

BAPAF
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture
  • Academic contact
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs requires the completion of 192 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following introductory courses:

For commencing Australian National University:

ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia

INTR1021 Understanding Peace and Conflict

PASI1011 Pacific Encounters: An introduction to Pacific Studies

STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies

For commencing Ritsumeikan University:

BAPA1001 The Origins of Political Order in Asia

BAPA1002 Understanding Peace and Conflict

BAPA1003 Pacific Encounters: An introduction to Pacific Studies

BAPA1004 Introduction to International Security Studies


24 units from completion of the following Capstone courses:

For commencing Australian National University:

INTR3001 Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice

INTR3002 Global Governance in the Asia-Pacific

PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development

STST3002 Australia’s Security in the Asian Centur

For commencing Ritsumeikan University:

BAPA3001 Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice

BAPA3002 Global Governance in the Asia-Pacific

BAPA3003 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development

BAPA3004 Australia’s Security in the Asian Century


A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of Politics and Government courses from the following list:

ASIA2026 The Politics of China

ASIA2031 Japanese Politics

ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda

ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes

ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia

ASIA2109 Violence, Poverty, and Politics in India

ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

POLS2055 Pacific Politics


A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of International Relations and Security courses from the following list:

ASIA2017 History of International Relations in Northeast Asia

ASIA2111 Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia

INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula

INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

INTR2028 Regionalism, Rights and Order in Southeast Asia

STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific

STST2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons

STST2131 Security Communities from War to Peace

WARS2001 Theories of War: An historical and global perspective

WARS2002 The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989


A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of Conflict and Peace-building courses from the following list:

ASIA2081 Human Rights in Asia

ASIA2087 Peace Building in the Pacific and Asia

ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific

DIPL2000 Leadership and Diplomacy

GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture

INTR2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building

PASI2003 Environment and Development in the Pacific

POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies


A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of History and Cultural courses from the following list:

ASIA2037 History of Modern China

ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments

ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia

ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia

ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific

ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives

ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives

ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia

ASIA2308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World

PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries

PASI2003 Environment and Development in the Pacific

WARS2003 The Korean War

WARS2004 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific


A maximum of 24 units from completion of Japanese Language courses from the following list:

JPNS1012 Japanese 1: Spoken

JPNS1014 Japanese 1: Written

JPNS2003 Japanese 2: Spoken

JPNS2005 Japanese 2: Written

JPNS2012 Japanese 3

JPNS2013 Japanese 4

JPNS3001 Japanese 5

JPNS3002 Japanese 6

96 units from completion of courses in the Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts at Ritsumeikan University.


Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a 7.0 scale) following completion of 48 units of study to be eligible to continue in the dual degree.

Students who commence at ANU and do not meet this hurdle requirement will be transferred to the Bachelor of Asian Studies.

Students who commence at RU and do not meet this hurdle requirement will be transferred to the Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts (single degree).

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia 6 units INTR1021 Understanding Peace and Conflict 6 units PASI1011 Pacific Encounters: An introduction to Pacific Studies 6 units STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6 units
Thematic Course Politics and Government Course List 6 units Thematic Course International Relations and Security Course List 6 units Elective From any Thematic Course List 6 units Elective From any Thematic Course List 6 units
Year 2 48 units [RU Course] Introduction to Global Liberal Arts I [RU Course] Research Design and Research Method [RU Course] Knowledge and Innovation [RU Course] Elective
[RU Course] Introduction to Global Liberal Arts II [RU Course] Cultural Studies [RU Course] Civilizations in Global History [RU Course] Statistics
Year 3 48 units [RU Course] Research Seminar I [RU Course] Elective [RU Course] Elective [RU Course] Elective
[RU Course] Research Seminar II [RU Course] Elective [RU Course] Elective [RU Course] Elective
Year 4 48 units STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century 6 units Thematic Course Conflict and Peace-building courses 6 units Thematic Course History and Cultural courses 6 units Elective From any Thematic Course List 6 units
INTR3001 Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice 6 units INTR3002 Global Governance in the Asia-Pacific 6 units PASI3001 Politics and Development in the Contemporary Pacific 6 units Elective From any Thematic Course List 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

 

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
    • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
    • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:

    • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:

    • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
       
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:
ATAR:
82
International Baccalaureate:
30

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$44,470.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs provides students with an in-depth exploration of Asia-Pacific regional affairs drawing on the strength of ANU in four different subject and disciplinary areas including politics and government; international relations and security; conflict and peacebuilding; history and cultural identity.  

This innovative program will give students a unique opportunity to understand the transnational forces and contemporary challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region, and to deepen their understanding and appreciation of different Asia-Pacific cultures.
The program will facilitate a cross-crediting arrangement with Ritsumeikan University (RU) in Japan that will allow for student mobility in both directions.  Students who study at both ANU and RU will, upon successful completion (and with cross-crediting), be eligible for the Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs (ANU) and the Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts (RU).  

Students commencing study at ANU will be required to undertake two years of study at ANU and two years of study at RU. This program will admit up to 10 students per year to begin studies at ANU.
Students commencing study at RU will undertake three years of study at RU and one year of study at ANU. This program will admit up to 90 students per year to begin studies at RU’s Osaka Ibaraki campus.

 

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the historical and contemporary dimensions of politics and government, international relations and security, conflict and peacebuilding, and history and cultural identity in the Asia-Pacific region

  2. Use concepts and methods from the social sciences and humanities to develop, review, analyse, and synthesise knowledge about the Asia-Pacific region and its roles in the world

  3. Reflect critically on the principal factors that determine the major political, security, diplomatic, and historical issues in the Asia-Pacific region

  4. Engage with the Asia-Pacific region’s diversity in meaningful ways

  5. Critically apply theoretical frameworks and research techniques to understanding key issues in the Asia-Pacific region

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is not currently available for this program.

Further Information

For further information on the Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs, please email bapa.bell@anu.edu.au 
Follow the link for information on the Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts from Ritsumeikan University, offered as a dual degree with the ANU Bachleor of Asia-Pacific Affairs.
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