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INTR13-305: Australia and the Asia-Pacific May 2019 [Standard]

General information

This subject investigates the new dynamics in foreign policy, economics, culture, and security issues that are affecting Australasia in the broader Asian, Pacific and Indian Ocean contexts. The subject begins with a brief outline of Australian foreign affairs and defense policy, then moves on to Australia's contemporary regional setting. Australia has sought to deepen its ties with East and Southeast Asia but in recent years has also become aware of the future impact of India and South Asia as a whole. Changing security concerns have also complicated dialogue with Indonesia and China, transformed within the context of relations with a United States that is re-engaging the region. Relations with small and developing nations within the Asia-Pacific are also noted, e.g. with the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asian states. It assesses regional organizations such as APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation process), ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations), the ASEAN Regional Forum, CSCAP (Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific), and the East Asia Summit (EAS). Australia has experienced radically changing responsibilities in regard to its regional and global roles. Economic, environmental and energy concerns are interlinked in this region, needing careful calibration for future development.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:INTR13-305
Subject title:Australia and the Asia-Pacific
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
Attendance and learning activities: Students need to take an active part in class discussion and seminars. Recommended effective engagement is 80% of total contact time. Please contact the coordinator if you have special factors affecting participation.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Research, presentation skills, Lead group discussion.
  2. Research, analysis, specialised knowledge, academic writing and referencing.
  3. Knowledge of subject, building arguments, drawing conclusions.
  4. Team work, participation.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Research Paper Policy/Position Paper: Students prepare and present a policy paper from a range of subject themes, writing from the point of view of a submission to, or a report from, a chosen government, ministry, regional organization, NGO, think tank, or interest group working on issues related to the Indo-Pacific Region. Components: - Work in Progress Presentation 10% (weeks 2-11) - Participation Process: 10% Students participate in critique of existing policies and positions during lectures, and provide constructive feedback to fellow student presentations. (Weeks 2-11) - Report/Paper Submission via iLearn: 50% (Start of Week 12, 3,000 words) 70% Week 1 1, 2, 3, 4.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Hypothetical Crisis Response (Open Exam, held in exam period) = (30%) Students will be asked to respond to hypothetical crises directly related to subject content and case studies examined in class. They will prepare short analyses of issues (Part A), followed by initial working plans for a multilateral, multi-actor response to the crisis (Part B). 30% Final Examination Period 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

A 21st Century Agenda for the Indo-Pacific

Australia's International Relations: Shifting Trends in Foreign Policy

The Transformation of Indonesia and its Regional Significance

The Competition for Influence

Australian Defence Policy: From National Defence to Regional Security

ASEAN Plus: The Drivers of Open Regionalism

Asia-Pacific Transitions: Environmental, Economic and Energy Challenges

South Asia and the Indian Ocean: Cooperation or Institutionalized Conflict?

The Not-So-Peaceful South Pacific

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Contested Governance

Regional Diversity, Globalization and Competing Regionalisms

Future-Directed Policies for the Asia-Pacific Region

Approved on: Mar 5, 2019. Edition: 3.3