• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course introduces students to some of the central issues that Asian nations have been facing in modern times. Major themes include concepts of rights and responsibilities and the impact of globalisation on political and social environments. The course aims to develop a comparative understanding of cultures and societies through critical analysis of sources. High-level English-language skills are required.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will have made the first steps towards 'Asia literacy'. That is, they will have a good grasp of the fundamental issues and themes shaping contemporary Asian societies. They will have a good understanding of basic academic practice; they will approach sources critically; they will write persuasively but dispassionately; they will become aware of the theoretical standpoints adopted by others; and they will begin to reflect critically on their own standpoints.

Indicative Assessment

The course will be assessed through online assessments and in intensive seminars.

Critical journal and article review: total 1500 words (30%); Weekly discussion group response to questions (30%), Discussion group participation (10%) Final reflective presentation and written assessment 1500 words (20%).

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Students will undertake a total of 36 hours blended learning workload for this course.  This will incorporate intensive teaching, and online tutorials and tasks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text. Readings will be published on Wattle.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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