• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Deepak Nair
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Why is there no NATO in Asia?

Is there an “American tributary system” in the Asia-Pacific?

Was the “domino theory” in Asia accurate or flawed?

Why was the battle of Dien Bien Phu important in world historical terms?

Is China a “status quo” or a “revisionist” power?

Is Japan becoming a “normal” state?


These and many more questions will be explored in this course on the International Relations in the Asia-Pacific (INTR8022). The course will introduce you to key figures, institutions, and major historical processes that have shaped region’s international politics. It will also introduce you to fresh ways to think about International Relations (IR). To this end, the course will combine insights from Cold War international history with new approaches in IR that have opened our eyes to how race, gender, colonialism, class, and emotions shape international politics. Please note: this course is less commentary on international affairs and more of a deep dive into the historical and sociological motors that drive the international politics of Asia-Pacific (though, as you will see, the two are naturally interlinked).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Situate contemporary international developments in Asia in an historical perspective.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of old and new scholarly approaches in IR to study the Asia-Pacific.
  3. Cultivate students' appreciation for the key dynamics shaping major changes in Asia-Pacific affairs and evolving projects in order-building.
  4. Critically assess the role of Great Powers in the Asia-Pacific. 
  5. Develop the capacity to craft clear arguments in both written work and oral presentations.
  6. Cultivate skill for reading scholarly writing (historical or theoretical writings).

Other Information

The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Course Participation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Review Essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Infographic (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research Paper (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.


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

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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
7192 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View
7638 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online View

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