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Asia-Pacific Politics (9565.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society




    This unit will introduce students to the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. It will begin with an examination of the differences between Eastern and Western thought and a discussion of how culture and philosophy impact government and politics. Next, the unit will address government and politics in Asia by examining pre-colonial systems of government, Western imperialism and colonial governments, national liberation movements, and proxy wars fought by the Superpowers through supporting selected political regimes in the region during the era of the Cold War. The unit will conclude with a survey of political systems and issues in Northeast and Southeast Asia during the past two decades.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Explain how religion and culture impact government and political systems in Eastern Asia;

    2. Discuss philosophies of government in Eastern Asia from ancient times to the present;

    3. Identify the ways in which Western imperialism has impacted Eastern Asia;

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of systems of governance currently in existence in Eastern Asia;

    5. Analyse contemporary political and security issues in Eastern Asia; and

    6. Assess the relationship that exists between economic development, systems of governance, and political stability of a Third World nation.

    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thought OR 9551 Comparative Politics



    Assumed Knowledge


    Incompatible Units

    8297 Politics & Security in the Asia-Pacific

    Equivalent Units

    8297 Politics & Security in the Asia-Pacific

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