Australian Foreign Relations: Australia and Asia

Course code HIST2210Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Traces the foreign relations of Australia with its neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region. The period of review is from Australian settlement, although there is an introduction to European colonisation, to the current debate surrounding 'Australia as an Asian nation'.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
ObjectivesStudents will be expected to: demonstrate an understanding of the key issues in the history of Australian foreign relations in the Asia-Pacific region; analyse documents and a variety of source materials; recognise the different themes in history (diplomatic, military, economic, social); and syntheses sources in oral and written form.
ContentThe initial focus is on the first contacts with the Chinese and the development of immigration restriction. This is followed by a study of the rise of Japan from the 1880s to the restoration of full Australia-Japan relations in the late 1950s. This section of the course will include an assessment of the impact of the Pacific War on Australia's foreign relations and of the role of Japan in Australia's attempts to secure a security treaty with the United States of America. There is an assessment of Australia's relations with its neighbours in South East Asia after 1945, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Finally, the course surveys the growing importance of Australia's relations with Asia since c.1973, with particular reference to the current debate about Australia's role in the region.
Replacing Course(s)HIST3210
TransitionStudents who have completed HIST3210 are not eligible to enrol in this course
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassClass test, as specified in the course guide, 15 %.
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne to three written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totaling 1,000 - 3,000 words, 75%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, worth 10%
Other: (please specify)Specific instructions about the weighting, timing and word limits of all assessment tasks will be found in the course guide available within the first two weeks of semester.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST2210