Australia and Asia: Collaboration, Competition and Conflict
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Critically reflect on the complexities of Australia’s historical and contemporary relationship with the Asian region.
Demonstrate a broad understanding of the key drivers underlining the enduring anxieties about Australia’s past and future relationship with Asia through the subject’s assessments.
Compare how Australia and Asia have responded to political, economic and social change since the 19th century, and how it has impacted relations.
Employ research and communications skills to develop a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge as it relates to Australia’s relationship with Asia.
- • What is Asia and is Australia part of it?
- • The changing face of Australia: Asian Migration.
- • The Asian values debate.
- • The China challenge.
- • The India opportunity.
- • Soft Power: Food, Sport and Film.
- • Australia in the Asian Century or the Indo-Pacific?
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed AST1IIC (Introduction to Asia: India and China) are ineligible to enrol in this subject
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This subject investigates the dynamics of Australia’s longstanding and complex relationship with the Asian region. We adopt a thematic approach while drawing on timely and relevant examples from across the region, including Japan, China, Indonesia, India, and more. The subject begins with a brief survey of Australia’s historical ties with Asia, then moves on to Australia’s contemporary regional setting. We explore Australia’s dense web of connections to Asia through personal, trade, security and cultural ties. We also consider the sources of tension that complicate the relationship, such as the threat of terrorism, rise of China, democratic rollback, and political instability, while unravelling the differences in history, culture and values that spur, at times, mutual suspicions and ambivalence about Australia’s place in Asia. We also explore efforts to improve Asia literacy and the role of migration and diasporic communities in Australian multiculturalism.
- Online activities (1600 words equivalent) (40%)
- Social media assignment (1000-1200 words) (30%)
- Argumentative research essay (1600 words) (30%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.