• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Nayahamui Rooney
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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This course is an introduction to Asia and the Pacific: regions of extraordinary natural and cultural diversity. We explore of some of the major forces and dynamics shaping the region, and how these are experienced across national and local contexts. We begin by introducing the idea of Area Studies as a field of scholarship, asking what it means to study Asia and the Pacific. We then trace the history of big forces like colonialism, post-colonialism and decoloniality, and capitalism. We examine the ongoing legacies of these processes. We also examine people's interactions with their environment and the changes to urban and agrarian landscapes and livelihoods, before investigating the dynamics of development discourse, democracy, power and resistance, processes of nation-making, and diaspora communities and multiculturalism.

The course encompasses both discussion of big questions around the above themes and case studies into these themes presented by some of the most distinguished ANU experts on Asia and the Pacific. Students have the opportunity to engage with Indigenous knowledges. Throughout the semester, students are encouraged to reflect on and develop their own approach to studying the Region. ASIA1025 is one of two required foundational courses for the Bachelor of Asian Studies degree. It assumes no prior knowledge of Asia and the Pacific. It is also highly suitable for students from other programs who would like to build their understanding of Asia and the Pacific region, or to understand global forces through an Asian and Pacific perspective. The course provides students with key conceptual tools for understanding the historical and cultural forces that shape our understanding of Asia and the Pacific today. This course provides students with foundational conceptual and analytical tools useful for deepening their understanding of Asia and the Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental issues and themes relevant to Asia and the Pacific
  2. Evaluate different theoretical and methodological perspectives for analysing Asia and the Pacific
  3. Articulate their own approach to knowledge of Asia and the Pacific
  4. Demonstrate core research skills, including critical reading of scholarly texts, university-level writing and academic presentation.
  5. Enhance their analytical and conceptual skills to complement learning and engagement in other courses aimed at deepening their learning of Asia and the Pacific.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly workbook submissions of 200-300 words per week. First submission (10%) covers weeks 1-4. Total word limit for first submission of 800-1200 words. Second submission (30%) covers weeks 5-12. Total word limit for second submission of 1600-2400 words. (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Essay (Word limit: 1500 - 2000 words). (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  3. Podcast (group activity) (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 3,5]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There is no single prescribed text for this course. Readings will be provided from various sources and made available on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Readings for this course will be from a variety of sources, and will include introductory texts to the Asia and Pacific region from the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines.

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes no prior knowledge of Asia and the Pacific.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3658 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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