• Offered by Department of Pacific Affairs
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kerryn Baker
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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The success of politics and political systems in the Pacific Islands is measured by their capacity to deliver development in poor states. We explore this dynamic by looking at the politics of development and the development of politics. In the first half we examine the politics of development, with reference to the impact of colonialism, decolonisation and secessionism; the place of the Island countries in international politics, especially in relation to the rise of China in the Pacific and the response of the USA; the political impact of official development assistance; and tensions between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ modes of governance. In the second half we investigate the development of politics, including attempts to engineer development outcomes via constitutions and electoral systems; intervention in Island countries by outside powers such as Australia; the phenomenon of state-building, particularly in ethnically divided societies; and women’s representation in politics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the diversity of the Pacific region, including its political institutions and prevailing cultures;
  2. produce a persuasive argument about the relationship between politics and development in the Pacific Islands; and
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the key debates about political challenges in the Pacific region

Indicative Assessment

  1. Item A - ‘Know the Region’ Short Test (10) [LO 1]
  2. Item B - Essay (2,500 words) (50) [LO 2,3]
  3. Item C - Take home examination (2,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

2  lectures and one tutorial per week. Tutorial readings will be available on the course website.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6643 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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