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INTR13-305: Australia and the Asia-Pacific


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

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.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/03/2020
Semester start25/05/2020
Subject start25/05/2020
Cancellation 1?08/06/2020
Cancellation 2?15/06/2020
Last enrolment07/06/2020
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2020
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2020
Teaching census?19/06/2020