• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Tomoko Akami
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2023
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This course introduces the exciting new field of International History, viewed from an Asia Pacific perspective. Through a series of case studies of the region, students will develop the skills to analyse how the norms, practices and structures that underpin international affairs today have developed since the 19th century, and what role Asia and the Pacific region played in this process. The course prompts students to imagine alternative pathways and outcomes arising from specific historical moments. Examples of these key case studies include: Pattern of the adaptation of international law by China and Japan; alternatives to the Europe-centred world system; critical assessment of the idea of human rights; colonial participation in international organisations; the development of international anti-terrorist law; historical origins of the border disputes in Northeast Asia; and the development of refugee law, with its implications for the current refugee crisis in Asia and Australia.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically assess key ideas and debates in international history
  2. Understand the role of Asia and the Pacific region in the development of international law and international organisations
  3. Critically assess historical documents of international conventions, identifying diverse agendas of multiple stakeholders in given historical contexts.
  4. Develop a critical perspective on major debates in international history and international affairs.
  5. Critically utilise case studies and concrete evidence when arguing analytical points in writing.
  6. Summarise, digest and present the contents of analytical readings

Other Information

The course will start on 26 June when course materials will be available to students.


The intensive session consists of two 3-hour sessions from 10-1pm and 2-5pm on:

·        1-3 July (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

·        13-15 July (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)


The course will end on 15 August when the final assessment is due. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. First assignment (Literature review) 2000 words (40) [LO 2,4,6]
  3. Final Essay 4000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]

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.


The total workload for the course is 130 hours, including in class time and independent study. There will be one 3 hour class per week. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Akami, Tomoko, 2002, Internationalizing the Pacific: The US, Japan and the Institute of Pacific Relations in War and Peace, 1919-1945, London: Routledge.

Preliminary Reading

Akami, T., Internationalizing the Pacific: The US, Japan and the Institute of Pacific Relations in War and Peace, 1919-1945, London: Routledge, 2002.

Best, A. et al eds, International History of the Twentieth Century, London: Routledge, 2004.

Bull, H., The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics, the third edition, London: Palgrave, 2002 c1977.

Carr, E.H., The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919—1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations, London: Papermac, 1993 c1939.

Fassbender, B. et al eds, Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Hobson, J., The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics: Western International Theory, 1760-2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Iriye, A., Global Community: The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Mazlish, B. and A. Iriye eds, The Global History Reader, London: Routledge, 2005.

Osterhammel, J., P. Camiller trans., The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

Vitalis, R., White World Order, Black Power Politics: the Birth of American International Relations, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015.


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:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4648 26 Jun 2023 30 Jun 2023 07 Jul 2023 15 Aug 2023 In Person View

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