• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Eva Nisa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

This course investigates the modern transformations of Asia and the Pacific, and in doing so, aims to spark students' ongoing engagement with this fascinating and dynamic region. Students will explore key interdisciplinary themes of tradition and modernity; poverty and riches; indigeneity, ethnicity and gender; and belief, creativity and performance. The course will introduce different ways of thinking about these themes, such as those found in politics, history, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies, economics, international relations and other disciplines. Experts from across the ANU will raise big questions and comparative case studies in lectures, while tutorials will provide opportunities for students to develop skills of critical thinking and effective communication.  


This course is one of two required foundational courses for the Bachelor of Asian Studies. It is also highly suitable for students from programs across the ANU who wish to engage with Asia and the Pacific in their study and their future careers. This course enhances students' ability to approach twenty-first-century challenges concerning Asia and the Pacific, including the future of Australia's place in the region, from transdisciplinary and comparative perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and value the diversity of experience in Asia and the Pacific, especially in ways that promote independent lifelong learning from and with these regions.
  2. Demonstrate how different concepts and methods from the humanities and social sciences can be used to analyse Asia and the Pacific.
  3. Develop an awareness of the theoretical standpoints of others and begin to reflect critically on different perspectives concerning Asia and the Pacific.
  4. Analyse modern transformations within Asia and the Pacific by drawing upon research, making a coherent argument, using a logical structure and method, and showing correct use of scholarly citation.
  5. Develop self-reflective awareness, critical thinking, independent judgment, and effective communication through a range of written, oral, and multimedia forms, both individually and in groups.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Research Note (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Research Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Group Presentation (15) [LO 1,2,5]
  5. Final Multimedia Project (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


This course requires 130 hours, including class time and self-study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

All required materials will be available on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

All required materials will be available on Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of ASIA1025 is recommended but not required. This course assumes no background knowledge.


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:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5079 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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