• Class Number 5443
  • Term Code 3440
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Jessie Liu
    • Jessie Liu
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 08/04/2024
  • Class End Date 11/06/2024
  • Census Date 03/05/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/04/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course continues the long legacy of the Australian National University’s ambitious Asia programs, which were created more than 75 years ago to support the Australian Government's?post-war?national re-orientation toward Asia. Australia's engagement with the region continues to fluctuate, but it is also true to say, it is not getting easier. 


The central question this course asks is: how can Australia successfully engage more with Asia? The course is divided into two main parts: i) Australia’s history and links with Asia, and ii) Asia’s current and predicted trajectory and what this means for Australia. It is suitable for students looking to understand more about the ‘rise’ of Asia, but also the shifting nature of Australia’s place in the region and the world. It involves an examination of the changing nature of Australia’s relationship with the Asian region. It utilises cases studies from government, business, trade, media, digital start-ups, education, NGOs, environmental, migration and other people-to-people links. The course provides a conceptual understanding and debates of the Australia-Asia relationship through terms like ‘people-to-people links’, ‘Asia literacy’, ‘Asian engagement’ and the growing literature around the role of ‘Asian-Australian’ diaspora. 


The course will be of particular interest to students intending to pursue a career in Asia, but also for those looking to build up expertise for practical work of?a number of?government and non-government organisations dealing with Asian issues, such as NGO and development organisations, education, media, public policy, trade, business, foreign affairs and think tanks. 


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine past and present debates regarding 'Asian engagement', and critically engage in the theories that apply to Asian studies scholarship in this field. 
  2. Analyse the political and social implications of Australian engagement with Asia over a historical period, by learning how the traditions and cultural roots of bygone years continue to influence cultural behaviour between Australia and Asia today. 
  3. Examine the current social and cultural environments of Asia-Australia relations beyond government-to-government approaches, and use this knowledge to develop critical thinking. 
  4. Demonstrate critical research skills and the ability to synthesise and critique existing scholarship, including primary source documents such as policy papers, media content, diaries and letters and official speeches, amongst others. 
  5. Display high level reading comprehension and writing skills, and presenting in the style of a professional environment suitable for the workplace. 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 What is the ‘Asian Century’ and what is Australia’s place in it?
2 Northern Contacts: Indigenous connections with Asia
3 Immigration policies and border control: themes over time
4 The Australian media and Asia
5 Tourism, travel and Australians overseas in Asia
6 The education sector and debates over ‘Asia literacy’
7 Foreign policy (case study: the death penalty)
8 Aid and Development
9 Climate change, Australia and Asia
10 Emerging digital economies
11 Globalisation, consumption and cultural change in Asia
12 What does Asian engagement look like beyond 2024?

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation at Seminar 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6
Formal Presentation In-Class 20 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6
Summary Essay on Australia's Engagement with Asia 30 % 13/05/2024 * 1,2,3,4,5,6
Final Research Essay 40 % 07/06/2024 27/06/2024 1,2,3,4,5,6

* 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


This course is run over the semester 1 period through both online learning systems and through intensive seminars.

The dates of the intensive seminars are below. Live attendance is compulsory for the entire duration of the course.

Friday 26 April 5-8pm

Saturday 27 April 9am-1pm

Sunday 28 April 9am-1pm


Friday 17 May 5-8pm

Saturday 18 May 9am-1pm

Sunday 19 May 9am-1pm

The assessments and other teaching activities will all be run through ANU’s online e-learning system, Wattle. There is no exam for this course. The final research essay will be due in early June. Further and more detailed information of assessments and activities will be provided on the course's Wattle site.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Participation at Seminar

Students will be assessed on their attendance and participation at both intensive seminars - 10%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Formal Presentation In-Class

Students will select a topic from the themes across the course and present a max 15 minute presentation during one of the seminars. There are specific instructions regarding how these presentations should be done, which will be released on the wattle page - 20%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 13/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Summary Essay on Australia's Engagement with Asia

The first essay will be regarding the issues from our first intensive seminar series. This will be a 1500 word essay for undergraduates and 2000 word essay for Masters students. Students will be pick one of three essay questions. Further information about the assessment will be found on the Wattle page - 30%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 07/06/2024
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Final Research Essay

The second essay will be a research essay on one of the topics provided at the end of the second intensive seminar series. This will be a 2000 word essay for undergraduates and 3000 word essay for Masters students. Students will select one question out of a series of essay questions provided. Further information about the assessment will be found on the Wattle page - 40%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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).

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