ASIA 2018 - Australia and the Asia-Pacific

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The course is designed to provide students of Asian and international studies with some of the essential conceptual and analytical tools for understanding Australia's Asian context. It also serves as an introduction to Australia's relations with Asia which will be of interest to a wide range of students, especially those whose future jobs might be related to a particular Asian country or to the Asia-Pacific region. The first part of the course examines selected thematic issues such as defence and security, Australian aid, immigration and refugee policy, while the latter part focuses on Australia's major bilateral and multilateral relationships in the Asia-Pacific region. It is expected that on completing this course students will have acquired a basic understanding of the issues involved in Australia's relations with the Asia-Pacific.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ASIA 2018
    Course Australia and the Asia-Pacific
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Incompatible ASIA 2003 & ASIA 3003
    Course Description The course is designed to provide students of Asian and international studies with some of the essential conceptual and analytical tools for understanding Australia's Asian context. It also serves as an introduction to Australia's relations with Asia which will be of interest to a wide range of students, especially those whose future jobs might be related to a particular Asian country or to the Asia-Pacific region. The first part of the course examines selected thematic issues such as defence and security, Australian aid, immigration and refugee policy, while the latter part focuses on Australia's major bilateral and multilateral relationships in the Asia-Pacific region.

    It is expected that on completing this course students will have acquired a basic understanding of the issues involved in Australia's relations with the Asia-Pacific.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gerry Groot

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate some of the essential conceptual tools to analyse political andstrategic developments in the Asia Pacific region
    2 Obtain the ability to understand key political, economic and strategic issues that confrontAustralia’s relations with Asia
    3 Demonstrate understanding of background and context to analyse Australia-Asia relations
    4 Demonstrate ability to write an academic essay incorporating a conceptual framework supported by empirical evidence


    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2, 3
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-4
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    Course information and additional material will be uploaded onto MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is a total of three-hour class contact comprising one one-hour lecture and a two-hour workshop.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD HOURS 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    SCHEDULE
    Week 1 Australia’s Foreign Policy and Asia: Historical Context
    Week 2 Economic and Trade Issues: Australian and Asian Interests
    Week 3 Security and Defence Policy: Australia, US and the ANZUS
    Week 4 Australian Foreign Aid Policy
    Week 5 Immigration, Refugees and Human Rights
    Week 6 Australia and Northeast Asia: Japan
    Week 7 Australia and Northeast Asia: China
    Week 8 Australia and India
    Week 9 Australia and Southeast Asia
    Week 10 Australia and the South Pacific
    Week 11 Australia’s Place in the Region: Regionalism, Bilateralism?
    Week 12 Where to from Here?
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Workshop presentation Formative and Summative 15% 1-4
    In-class quiz Formative and Summative 15% 1-4
    Simulation Formative and Summative 5% 1-4
    Participation Formative and Summative 15% 1-4
    3000 word essay Formative and Summative 50% 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures and workshops.

    Assessment Detail
    Workshop presentation: 30-40 minute group presentation - 15% weighting

    In-class Quiz: consist of multiple choice questions and short answers. Questions will be based on the materials from the weekly readings, lectures and class discussions 15% weighting

    Simulation: students are assigned a group to analyse a hypothetical crisis and provide advice to government on the best course of action - 5% weighting

    Participation: attendance and participation in workshops and lectures - 15% weighting

    3000 word essay: essay on a chosen topic - 50% weighting
    Submission
    Written work should be handed in to the office staff at the Centre for Asian Studies Office during working hours OR placed in the Assignment Box beside the office door.

    · Staff will date-stamp the paper to record its delivery.
    · Submissions outside office hours can be left in the Assignment Box beside the office door.
    · Late assignments will be penalised at 10 per cent loss per week. Assignments received 3 weeks after the due date may not be marked.
    · Please note that an electronic version of the major essay needs to be uploaded to Turnitin via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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