PAIS518 Australia's Relations with Asia

Updated: 19 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ASSO214 or ASSO314 or ASSO414 or PAIS318 or PAIS418

offered in even numbered years

Combined Units PAIS318 - Australia's Relations with Asia
Coordinator(s) Karin Von Strokirch (
Unit Description

This unit examines Australia's changing relations with Asia in the post-World War II period, in particular 'engagement' with Asia since the 1980s. It focuses on the traditional images of Asia and Asians held by Australians, political and economic relations, aid, and Asian immigration to Australia.

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Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of: Australia's changing political, strategic and economic relations with the Asian region, and bilateral relations with particular Asian states; the way in which Australia's relations with Asia have been shaped by such factors as strategic concerns, internal political considerations, ethnocentrism, stereotypical images, and racist sentiment and changes in Australian policies on Asian immigration;
  2. appropriately and correctly use core concepts in political and international studies to analyse at an advanced level Australia's relations with Asia and bilateral relations with specific Asian states;
  3. reflect critically upon, and rigorously analyse and evaluate, Australia's changing relations with Asia, and competing interpretations of these changing relations;
  4. autonomously develop, through synthesising and carefully evaluating wide-ranging evidence from a variety of sources, complex, theoretically-informed arguments about Australia's relations with Asia and communicate these in a clear and coherent fashion; and
  5. display expert research, analytical and written communication skills through the independent planning and execution of assigned work in which they critically examine in depth Australia-Asia relations in two different and specific contexts.