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INR2002 Contemporary Issues in Asia

Semester 2, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication

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Examiner: Richard Gehrmann
Moderator: Anna Hayes

Other requisites

Students who have previously enrolled in AST2002 cannot enrol in this course


Major theories of political, social and economic development are analysed, with the relevance of these theories to Southeast Asia and East Asia being examined. The political development of Indonesia and Malaysia are used as case studies, with issues such as social and political change, ideologies, the military, political institutions and ethnicity being considered.


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

  1. Demonstrate academic and professional literacies by comprehending and applying contemporary scholarly theories on political change and development and the global context of development;
  2. Comprehend and critically assess the process of nation-building and economic development in Asia, and the subsequent social and political changes;
  3. Explain the importance of factors such as the military, ethnicity, political institutions, and ideology in the process mentioned above;
  4. Understand and critically assess the influence of revolutionary, liberal and democratic movements in East and Southeast Asia;
  5. Comprehend and analytically discuss how social and political factors have shaped the governmental systems of selected Asian states.
  6. Communicate in writing by preparing and submitting two essays that address the norms and practices of the discipline.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theories of political change and development 10.00
2. Nationalism and nation-building in Asia 10.00
3. Authoritarianism in Asia 10.00
4. Economic development in Asia 10.00
5. The military in development 10.00
6. Ethnicity in Modern Asia 10.00
7. Political Institutions, Culture and Ideology 10.00
8. Revolutionary, liberal and democratic change in East and SE Asia 10.00
9. Regional Political Economy 10.00
10. Future regional developments 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Kingsbury, D 2005, South-East Asia: political profiles, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
  • Simone, V 2001, The Asian Pacific: political and economic development in a global context, 2nd edn, Longman, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 144.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 19.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
SHORT ESSAY - 1300 WORDS 100 20 18 Jul 2011 1,2,3,4,5,6 U2,U3,U4,U7,U8 2,2,2,2,2 (see note 1)
MAJOR ESSAY - 2000 WORDS 100 35 05 Oct 2011 1,2,3,4,5,6 U2,U3,U4,U7,U8 2,2,2,2,2 (see note 2)
PARTICIPATION IN TUTORIALS 100 10 11 Nov 2011 1,2,3,4,5 U2,U3,U4,U7 2,2,2,2 (see note 3)
2 HOUR WRITTEN EXAMINATION 100 35 End S2 1,2,3,4,5 U2,U3,U4,U7 2,2,2,2 (see note 4)

  1. Students will be advised of assignment expectations and dates.
  2. Students will be advised of assignment expectations and dates. This assessment is aligned with all Objectives
  3. Tutorial participation is based on contribution in class over the term.
  4. Students will be advised of the offical exam date after timetable has been finalised.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)
Cultural literacy (U7)Intermediate (Level 2)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. For this course, normal class attendance consists of one 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a RESTRICTED examination, and the only materials that candidates may use are writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.) Students whose first language is not English may take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be lodged in the Faculty Assessment Centre on the Ground Floor of Q Block no later than 5 pm on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (d). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (e) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University?s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
o forms part of the Bachelor of Arts and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.