• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

This course examines the place of empire in shaping the history of Asia. It asks what makes empires distinct, how they were constructed and held together, how they operated in theory and practice, and why they disintegrated or transitioned into other forms. It takes a broad historical approach to empire that includes native Asian polities, the rise of European colonialism in the region, and the legacies of empire in postcolonial Asia. It examines the political, economic and ideological drivers of empire and resistance, as well as the impact of empire on the lives of the ruled and the rulers.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and describe how historians have approached the study of empire in Asia;
  2. Understand and be able to use skills foundational to the study of history;
  3. Evaluate how the study of Asia has influenced the discipline of history;
  4. Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of history to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia.

Other Information

This course will begin on 1 July and course materials will be released.

The intensive portion of this course runs from 11-18 July, from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

This course concludes on 22nd July with an Exam.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Contribution to discussion (10) [LO 1]
  2. Two article summaries (500 words each) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Long essay (2,500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Two-hour exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week, estimated 7  hours per week study and preparation

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

Reading list to be provided in the course outline.

Preliminary Reading

Reading list to be provided in the course outline.



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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
2904 23 Feb 2026 02 Mar 2026 31 Mar 2026 29 May 2026 In Person N/A

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