• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sally White
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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Asian politics is diverse and rapidly changing.  Many different types of political system can be found in Asia, including communist regimes, constitutional monarchies, democracies and military-based authoritarian governments.  Moreover, seemingly entrenched systems can be overturned, as witnessed in Indonesian’s transition to democracy or Thailand’s return to authoritarianism.  The study of Asian politics not only gives insights into recent phenomena in the world’s most rapidly growing region, but also provides a setting for understanding and relating political theory to real world developments.  This course has two main purposes.  First, it will introduce students to major concepts and theories within political science and secondly will use examples from within Asia to illustrate different political science categories and approaches.  During the course, scholars of the politics of South Asia, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as of transnational and strategic relations within Asia, will discuss particular themes within political science and relate these to their region or topic of specialization.  In this way, students will emerge with a broad knowledge of both politics as a discipline and political developments within Asia.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the historical and conceptual foundations of Asian politics, especially North, South and Southeast Asia;
  2. Evaluate the main schools of political thought and analytical trends relating to Asia;
  3. Analyse developments in Asian politics drawing on approaches and concepts studied in the course;
  4. Conduct independent research and demonstrate skills in identifying and critically engaging with appropriate sources; and
  5. Communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms on political issues in Asia.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Short Paper 1 (1,000 words) (15) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Short Paper 2 (1,000 words) (15) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Research Essay (2,000 words) (40) [LO 3,4,5]
  5. Take-home Exam (1,000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, including some 24 hours of lectures or an equivalent activity and some 12 hours of tutorials or equivalent activity. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

TBA

Majors

Minors

Fees

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:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
4170 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In-Person and Online N/A

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