- Code ASIA3021
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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The central question this course asks is: how can Australia successfully engage more with Asia? The course is divided into two main parts: i) Australia’s history and links with Asia, and ii) Asia’s current and predicted trajectory and what this means for Australia. It is suitable for students looking to understand more about the ‘rise’ of Asia and the shifting nature of Australia’s place in the region and the world. It involves an examination of the changing nature of Australia’s relationship with the Asian region. It utilises case studies from government, business, trade, media, digital start-ups, education, NGOs, the environment, migration and other people-to-people links. The course provides a conceptual understanding of debates within the Australia-Asia relationship through terms like ‘people-to-people links’, ‘Asia literacy’, ‘Asian engagement’ and the growing literature around the role of the Asian-Australian diaspora.
The course will be of particular interest not only to students intending to pursue a career in Asia, but also to those looking to build up expertise for practical work in a number of?government and non-government organisations dealing with Asian issues, such as NGO and development organisations, education, media, public policy, trade, business, foreign affairs and think tanks.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read and critically analyse debates surrounding the term 'Asia literacy' and other scholarly terms related to Asia engagement.
- Develop an understanding of the practical usefulness of Asian Studies knowledge.
- 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.
- Demonstrate and inspect the forces that shape perceptions of Asian nations in Australia.
- Examine information flows between Asia and Australia, and what might influence these flows.
- Demonstrate writing skills and ability to present arguments to others.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
The course starts on 1 April. All course materials and instructions will be provided through the course Wattle site shortly before the start of the course. Students should familiarise themselves with the course plan, and read selected articles ahead of the first intensive seminar on 21 April.
In order to allow more flexible learning for ANU students, including full-time workers and carers, but also encompassing in-class experiences and peer-to-peer learning, this course involves two intensive seminar weekends. To complete the course the intensive seminars are compulsory attendance, conducted in-class at the ANU in order to maximise group work, learning and class discussion. Only in certain circumstances can someone Zoom into this course, and this must be approved by the convenor. The seminars are as follows:
First intensive seminar 'Australia and Asia', 21-23 April. Friday 21 April, 5-8pm. Saturday 9am-1pm, Sunday 9am-1pm.
Second intensive seminar '21st Century Asia and Australia', 12-14 May. Friday 12 May 5-8pm, Saturday 9am-1pm, Sunday 9am-1pm.
There are no other in-class components to the course other than the above intensive seminars, but students continue to work, review readings and undertake assessments throughout all of April and May via the Wattle page.
The course ends on 1 June when the final assessment is due.
- Workshop participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Discussion posts (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- In-class presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Research Essay (2000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.
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