AIR202 - Australia and the Changing Asia-Pacific

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: David Hundt
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

AIR205 and AIR243

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Content

This unit introduces students to the evolution of Australia’s engagement with the Asia–Pacific region. Since Federation, Australia has struggled to define its relationship with its northern neighbours. Some governments have called for Australia to distance itself from the region, while others have sought to strengthen ties. In any case, the region has been essential to Australia’s national interests. This unit shows how a growing range of issues – from security and regionalism, to trade and development, and to human rights and asylum seekers – are binding Australia and the region more closely, despite any misgivings on the part of some Australians. It also considers Australia’s relations with key players in three sub-regions: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The unit will introduce students to how policymakers design foreign policy, the issues they grapple with, and the key partners with whom they engage when attempting to implement it.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, cultural and structural factors that influence Australia's relations with the Asia-Pacific region and the world more broadly

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO2

Identify and critically evaluate arguments from a wide range of sources, including academic literature and also official publications such as Defence White Papers

GLO3: Digital literacy

ULO3

Identify and analyse major issues and challenges in Australia's foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific from a critical perspective and based on relevant evidence

GLO4: Critical thinking

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 8
Assessment 2 - Reading and Writing Exercise 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIR202
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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