• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Mathew Davies
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing rapid changes that present both great opportunities and enormous challenges in a number of areas. The complex interactions across states, institutions, and local communities in the region will determine how the region addresses its major governance challenges, such terrorism, refugees, health, drugs, economic development, and the environment. Using these issues as weekly topical case studies, this course focuses on how the wide range of actors in the Asia-Pacific region attempt to comprehend and resolve governance and policy problems.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify the key concepts, issues and challenges that influence the dynamics of policymaking in the Asia-Pacific today and into the future;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the sources of these concepts, issues and challenges and their historical development in the region;
  3. use these concepts in order to critically analyse and evaluate alternative policymaking dilemmas and solutions across the region and globally; and
  4. develop the writing, research, and analytical skills needed to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, their own perspectives on these issues, both to scholarly audiences and to practitioners in the field, whether in government or the non-governmental sector
  5. apply the knowledge developed through the course to critically analyse case studies relating to governance challenges in the region

Other Information

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction to Global Governance in the Asia Pacific
  2. Main approaches to global governance and security for the Asia Pacific
  3. Governance in militarism and nuclear crises
  4. Governance in territorial disputes and maritime crises
  5. Governance and Political Crises 
  6. Governance in violent crises and armed conflicts
  7. Governance in health pandemics
  8. Governance and economic crises
  9. Governance in the face of fundamentalist ideologies and violent extremisms
  10. Governance and environmental crises
  11. Crisis and Governance in the Information Age
  12. Re-visioning Security in ‘crisis-prone’ Asia Pacific

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1. Class participation and course engagement  (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. 2. Short Essay (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. 3. Case study Infographic (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. 4. Take home Exam (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, including some 24 hours of lectures or an equivalent activity and some 12 hours of tutorials or equivalent activity. The course comprises a maximum of 6000 words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 48 units of university courses.

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
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
3410 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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