• Class Number 2088
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Matthew Galway
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course is a postgraduate-level seminar on (trans)national histories in Asia and the Pacific. It aims to challenge what we think of, and conceptualise as, “Asia” and "Pacific": not merely as a set of recent nation-states or as static, singular entities, but as a complex, dynamic, and interconnected region. In the weekly seminars students will explore a range of topics to build an advanced understanding of the key national and transnational issues in Asia and the Pacific: imperialism and anti-colonialism/imperialism, nationalism, identities, cultures, ethnicities, and resistance. Using a range of case studies, the course illustrates key issues in China, Japan, South Asia, mainland Southeast Asia, archipelagic Southeast Asia, and in transnational boundless spaces such as the broader Sinosphere and the Pacific. Students in this subject will research, present on, and write about topics on national and transnational history across the Asia and the Pacific, choosing area(s) of focus relevant to their degree.  


The seminar will (re-)introduce postgraduate students to the academic environment and advanced skills that are necessary for investigation, critical analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and communication of complex information. Postgraduate students plan and execute an individual research project related to one of the course themes and engage in an interactive learning environment that fosters a spirit of inquiry and reinforces intellectual standards.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of key national and transnational issues in Asia and the Pacific;
  2. Develop and demonstrate analytical skills with regard to primary and secondary sources, especially to support historical arguments; 
  3. Develop and demonstrate transferrable and employable skills through advanced written and verbal communication, especially skills of academic writing, and competent use of the library and other information sources; and 
  4. Reflect on scholarly research practices both orally and in writing, individually and in groups. 
  5. Develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice
  6. Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories

Staff Feedback

Students 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 Feedback

ANU 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1—Course Introduction: Rescuing Histories from Nations
2 Week 2— “Asia” and “Nation” as Bounded Terrains: Chinese Intellectual Forays
3 Week 3—What are “Anti-Imperialism” and “Asia”? Japanese Intellectual Responses
4 Week 4—Activism, Exile, and Sojourns in the Indian Subcontinent and Beyond
5 Week 5—Indochina: Revolutionary Imaginings and Alternative Modernities
6 Week 6—Indonesia: Representations of Nation, Power, and (Anti-)Imperialism First Reading Response Due
7 Week 7—The Philippines: Race and Exile in (Trans)National Space(s)
8 Week 8—Korean Peninsula and Taiwan: National Awakenings, National Cultures, and Youth Mobilization in Regimes of Domination
9 Week 9—Mainland Theravadasphere: Transnational Politics of Nationalism and Gender in Thailand and Burma
10 Week 10—Is there a “Post” in “Postcolony”?: At the Crossroads of Independence in the Polynesian Triangle
Week 11—Nationalism, Activism, and Identity: Maori Intellectual Framings of Aotearoa
Week 12--All Power to the People: Transnational Black Power, Black Panthers, and Indigenous Australian Activism
Second Reading Response Due
Final Paper Due 4-6-2024

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Two Reading Responses 20 % 26/03/2024 01/04/2024 1,2,3,6
One seminar presentation 15 % 12/03/2024 16/04/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Research Proposal/Prospectus (1000 words) 15 % 30/04/2024 14/05/2024 1,2,3,4,5,6
Final Essay (3000 words) 40 % 04/06/2024 18/06/2024 1,2,3,4,5,6
Participation 10 % 28/05/2024 25/06/2024 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation marks cannot be earned at sessions not attended, so absence from those sessions will result in a loss of opportunity to earn marks. To obtain a passing mark in participation, students should show consistent and engaged participation aligned with the learning outcomes of the course. If a student has legitimate reasons that prevent participation at live teaching activities, then that student should arrange alternate forms of participation with the convener ahead of time.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 01/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,6

Two Reading Responses

750 words each. The Instructor will post resources on Wattle to guide students on how to author critical analytical reading responses.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 12/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 16/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

One seminar presentation

Powerpoint slides submitted by the presenter to the instructor after their presentation. The student(s) will lead the seminar discussion by leading with a short presentation for context, and will come prepared with questions to stimulate in-class discussion, both on the topics/themes under analysis and the reading materials for that week. One presentation per student, though enrollment may require the occasional two-person presentation.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 30/04/2024
Return of Assessment: 14/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Research Proposal/Prospectus (1000 words)

Format: 1000 words max in length (12 point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, Chicago Manual Style with footnotes, no margin adjustments, please). The prospectus serves as a preliminary effort for your final paper, thus it does not have to include a conclusion. Students can use the feedback that they receive to guide their final essay’s construction, or may opt to change their topic/approach entirely. The prospectus must cover one or more of the topics discussed in class and in the readings unless the student clears another topic with me, and must use both primary and secondary sources in crafting the essay’s arguments.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/06/2024
Return of Assessment: 18/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Final Essay (3000 words)

Format: 3000 words max in length (12 point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, Chicago Manual Style with footnotes, no margin adjustments, please). The paper must cover one or more of the topics discussed in class and in the readings unless the student clears another topic with me, and must use both primary and secondary sources in crafting the essay’s arguments.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 25/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


A passing mark reflects consistent and engaged participation throughout the course.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Matthew Galway

Research Interests

intellectual history; collection and nostalgia; history of Communism; urban history

Dr Matthew Galway

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