Introduction to Asia - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (30%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

PAC10 Introduction to Asia will provide an accessible multidisciplinary introduction to the study of the East and Southeast Asian region. The unit will examine themes in the region’s history, and its processes of social, cultural, political and economic change. The unit will also analyse the region’s international relations, and in particular its relations with Australia. PAC10 Introduction to Asia will encourage you to take an interest in current affairs in the region.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. developed an interest in Asia
  2. developed an understanding of the background to current affairs in Asia
  3. acquired some basic information on East and Southeast Asia’s societies, political and economic systems and processes, and international relations
  4. gained an appreciation of some important themes in contemporary East and Southeast Asia such as the struggle for democracy and human rights, and the impact of globalisation
  5. developed your essay writing skills.
  • Essay (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Report (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

While there are no set prerequisites for this unit, students need to have developed the skills to write academic papers at first year university level.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2The idea of 'Asia'
3The Family
6Nationalism & Revolution
7The Cold War and the Sino-Soviet split
8Democracy and human rights in Australia and Asia
9The Rise and Decline of the Japanese Economic 'Miracle'
10The Newly Industrial Economies of East and Southeast Asia
12Australia and Asia

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Understanding Australias Neighbours 2ed


    ISBN: 9780521157131


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