- Class Number 2628
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Thiago Cintra Oppermann
- Thiago Cintra Oppermann
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
With the resurgence of interest in the Pacific region from both traditional and new players, this course explores the experience of Pacific island states in international relations and development. It covers a variety of related issues including the fragmentation and integration of political community, development, poverty, cultural identity, conflict, governance, human security and sovereignty. The course identifies the key development challenges faced by Pacific island states. It examines the Pacific’s place in the world and how Australia, other traditional donors, and new donors might engage with the region. It situates the Pacific experience within larger debates about the impact of 'globalisation' on developing states, and about the international system as viewed from non-western regions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of theory, concepts and research principles in relation to international relations and development in the Pacific region.
- Identify and describe key challenges faced by the Pacific region in international relations and development.
- Analyse, compare and contrast different approaches to international relations and development from western and non-western perspectives.
- Demonstrate advanced skills in critical thinking, policy writing, and academic analysis on international relations and development in the Pacific region
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Seminar 1: Framing the Pacific|
|2||Seminar 2: Colonial Encounters, Colonial Legacies|
|3||Seminar 3: Democracy, State and Good Governance|
|4||Seminar 4: Political Community, Cultural Identity and Regionalism|
|5||Seminar 5: Diplomacy and the New Diplomacy in the Pacific|
|6||Seminar 6: China and Other External Partners|
|7||Seminar 7: The Pacific and Australia/New Zealand|
|8||Seminar 8: Natural Resources and Environment|
|9||Seminar 9: Pacific Economies and Development|
|10||Seminar 10: Gender, Women and Politics|
|11||Seminar 11: Transnationalism and Labour Mobility|
|12||Seminar 12: Climate Change Politics and Activism|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Participation||10 %||24/05/2023||24/05/2023||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Short Essay (1,500 words)||20 %||13/03/2023||27/03/2023||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Major Research Essay (2,500 words)||30 %||08/05/2023||03/06/2023||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Take Home Exam||40 %||*||*||1, 2, 3, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Students will receive a grade based on their weekly attendance and active participation in class and online. There will be opportunity for questions on the lectures and readings during the 12 seminars of the semester. Students are encouraged to attend these classes or notify the convenor if they cannot make prior the lecture. At the same time, there is an online discussion forum portal on wattle for those not comfortable to raise questions in person, or could not attend in person.
Starting from Week 2, students will be allocated a week to lead and facilitate online discussions. Based on the themes for the week seminars- students may post theme questions and readings prior and post lecture, but not limited to the materials of the course. Students may also post news items, blogs, policy reports either from current or past news, or online resources to facilitate discussion, and/or introduce online activity. The facilitator must provide an introductory post on reflections (no less than 150 words) in the week leading up to the lecture. The class may respond to the reflection, or post comments or questions to keep the thread going.
Please keep posts and comments in a professional manner; this is an academic forum for information sharing, inquiry and debate. You are encouraged to email the Convenor separately if you have a particular concern about the forum or a post, or content/question on the course.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Short Essay (1,500 words)
Choose one of the two topics:
a) Using Epeli Hauofa’s essay 'Our Sea of Islands', critically analyse the question: Does post-colonialism have a place in the study of international relations?
b) Using one theme from the first six weeks of lectures, critically analyse the question: Does post-colonialism have a place in the study of international relations?
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Major Research Essay (2,500 words)
For the major assignment, you will formulate a research question related to the themes or issues discussed in the course- and to be presented in one of three formats: research essay, policy report, or three media reports/blogs . All students must discuss and gain prior approval of lecturer, email@example.com, no later than May 11 of their topic and question.
The course convenor will advice on sources, and recommend experts on/from the Pacific in the particular topic from ANU/Canberra for possible mentoring. Although not required, meeting these experts on campus is one way of getting more information on your research topic, and building your Pacific networks. Here are some useful links to experts on campus from the Department of Pacific Affairs and ANU Pacific Institute
Students will have the choice of presenting their research in either one of the three formats:
i) Research academic essay (2,500 words)
ii) Policy report (2,500 words)
iii) Three media articles/blogs of 833 words each (total of 2,500 words)
More information on these formats will be discussed one on one discussions with the Convenor to approve topics.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Take Home Exam
You have 48 hours to enter the exam portal and complete three essays. The portal opens from May 22 @ 9am until May 27 @11.55pm. You will have to select a 48 hour period during this time frame to complete the examination. Please note that in order to have 48 hours for your exam, start the exam no later than 11.55pm May 28, as the portal will automatically close at 11:55pm May 30. The portal is time sensitive and will not accept any late essays beyond 48 hours of the time you open. For more instructions-- please listen to lecture recording of Week 12, or see the cover information of the portal.
Once you enter the portal- you will be prompted again if you want to start-- once you enter the portal you will see 13 questions of which 3 you must answer. You will have 48 hours to answer the three questions from that time of receiving them. Word limit for each answer is 1,000. To use references in your answers is optional, but you will get extra marks if you use references. Do not share the exam questions or use materials from past essays.
Time of Examination: 48 hours (from time of entering the portal).
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International Relations; Pacific Studies; China Studies; China in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.
Thiago Cintra Oppermann