• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asia Pacific Affairs
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nikolay Murashkin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2024
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This course traces the historical development of Asia's diverse political systems. It examines underlying geo-political realities and their implications for political structure and focusses on the religious and political systems of thought that have shaped Asian political systems, especially regarding leadership, the family, ethnicity, social class and age. The course commences with the emergence of civilization in Asia, examines political structures as they were influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity,  the transformation of ethnic and national identities brought about in the era of western imperialism, and the assertion of new political ideals inspired by communism, liberalism, religions and reinterpretations of the past.
This course will be taught in Japan (in English) as part of the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the broad outlines of Asian political history
  2. Identify links between political structures and ideological and religious thought in the Asian context
  3. Use the categories class, gender, ethnicity and age as analytical templates for identifying diversity in Asian political systems.
  4. Identify the argument in a scholarly article or chapter.
  5. Prepare an analytical essay based on responsible practice and course presentation guidelines

Indicative Assessment

  1. Diagnostic essay (15) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Weekly quiz (10) [LO 1]
  3. Tutorial presentation (10) [LO 4]
  4. Research Essay (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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Students should devote 10 hours per week over 12 weeks to formal and informal study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs. Incompatible with ASIA1999.

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6.00 0.12500
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2024 $4440
International fee paying students
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2024 $6000
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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9405 30 Sep 2024 25 Oct 2024 25 Oct 2024 31 Jan 2025 In Person N/A

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