- Code POLS2055
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of Pacific Affairs
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Political Sciences, Pacific Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Stewart Firth
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2023
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The Pacific Islands is a region of diverse political traditions, complex developmental challenges and enduring strategic importance. The close relationship it shares with Australia stems from its geographical, historical and cultural ties, but has been tested by disputes over climate change and the role of China in the region. This course explores contemporary political and developmental issues in the region, including the ongoing legacy of colonialism, decolonisation and secessionist movements; the nature of democracy and how it has been challenged by coups, constitutional crises and rising authoritarianism in the region; and the ways in which Pacific states navigate the international system in an evolving geo-strategic environment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of the Pacific region, including its political institutions and cultures;
- Identify and discuss different approaches to politics and international relations in the region;
- Critically examine key theories on Pacific politics and apply these to different case studies;
- Critically reflect on the principal factors that shape politics and international relations in the region;
- Communicate persuasively, in a variety of formats, arguments about Pacific politics, international relations, and the relationship between politics and development in the Pacific Islands.
- Blog post (800 words) (20) [LO 2,5]
- Essay (2,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Take home exam (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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. 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There is no prescribed textbook for this course. All required readings will be made available on Wattle.
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