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INTR13-305: Australia and the Asia-Pacific


This subject explores the new dynamics in foreign policy, economics, culture, and security issues that are affecting Australasia in the broader Asian, Pacific and Indian Ocean contexts. It outlines Australian foreign affairs and defence policy and Australia's contemporary regional setting. Students learn a range of topics including the ties with East and Southeast Asia and, in recent years, gaining awareness of the future impact of India and South Asia as a whole. Other themes focus on changing security concerns which have also complicated dialogue with Indonesia and China, transformed within the context of relations with the United States that is re-engaging the region. Students also examine relations with small and developing nations within the Asia-Pacific, e.g. with the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asian states. The subject assesses the role of regional organisations 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).  Students also investigate Australia’s radically changing responsibilities in regard to its regional and global roles, and how economic, environmental and energy concerns are interlinked in this region, needing careful calibration for future development.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950

Learning outcomes

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.

Enrolment requirements

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start17/05/2021
Cancellation 1?31/05/2021
Cancellation 2?07/06/2021
Last enrolment30/05/2021
Withdraw – Financial?12/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?03/07/2021
Teaching census?11/06/2021