• Class Number 9076
  • Term Code 3460
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Deepak Nair
    • Dr Deepak Nair
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2024
  • Class End Date 25/10/2024
  • Census Date 31/08/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2024
SELT Survey Results

Why is there no NATO in Asia?

Is there an “American tributary system” in the Asia-Pacific?

Was the “domino theory” in Asia accurate or flawed?

Why was the battle of Dien Bien Phu important in world historical terms?

Is China a “status quo” or a “revisionist” power?

Is Japan becoming a “normal” state?


These and many more questions will be explored in this course on the International Relations in the Asia-Pacific (INTR8022). The course will introduce you to key figures, institutions, and major historical processes that have shaped region’s international politics. It will also introduce you to fresh ways to think about International Relations (IR). To this end, the course will combine insights from Cold War international history with new approaches in IR that have opened our eyes to how race, gender, colonialism, class, and emotions shape international politics. Please note: this course is less commentary on international affairs and more of a deep dive into the historical and sociological motors that drive the international politics of Asia-Pacific (though, as you will see, the two are naturally interlinked).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Situate contemporary international developments in Asia in an historical perspective.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of old and new scholarly approaches in IR to study the Asia-Pacific.
  3. Cultivate students' appreciation for the key dynamics shaping major changes in Asia-Pacific affairs and evolving projects in order-building.
  4. Critically assess the role of Great Powers in the Asia-Pacific. 
  5. Develop the capacity to craft clear arguments in both written work and oral presentations.
  6. Cultivate skill for reading scholarly writing (historical or theoretical writings).

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

The “Asia-Pacific” or Indo-Pacific: What’s in a Name?

2 Race, Emotions, Gender: New Looking Glasses for Asian IR

The Cold War and Asia I: Decolonization – Korea and Vietnam


The Cold War and Asia II: The Vietnam War/American War


The Cold War and Asia III: The Third Indochina War & Breakdown in Asian Internationalism


Australia in the Asia-Pacific


ASEAN’s Diplomacy: Golf, Rituals, and Authoritarianism

8 The US in Asia: “Benign” and “Indispensable” or a “Tributary” Power”?

China in Asia: A “Revisionist” or “Status Quo” Power?


Japan: A “Normal” State?

11 Disputes: Taiwan and the South China Sea

12 Spectres from Asia’s Pasts: A New Cold War or Something Different?

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online Quiz 10 % 11/08/2024 20/08/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Course Participation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5
Take Home Exam 30 % 01/09/2024 25/09/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Long Essay 40 % 18/10/2024 20/11/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Class Presentation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 11/08/2024
Return of Assessment: 20/08/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Online Quiz

The online quiz will consist of multiple-choice questions and will be a timed test. This is to be taken mid-semester. The quiz will be open for two days and must be completed within this window.

Assessment Task 2

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

Course Participation

Students are expected to participate actively in the course. This means conscientiously attending classes, preparing properly, engaging in debates, asking questions, and acting courteously and professionally toward staff and students.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/09/2024
Return of Assessment: 25/09/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Take Home Exam

For the Take Home Exam, students must address ONE question only in no more than 1300 words (excluding bibliography).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 18/10/2024
Return of Assessment: 20/11/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Long Essay

For the Long Essay, students must address ONE question only in no more than 2000 words.

Assessment Task 5

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

Class Presentation

Students will make a brief presentation on an assigned reading (of their choice, when possible). This applies to both in-person and online attendees. The presentation is worth 10% of overall grade.

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).
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