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INR8011 Australia and Asia - Issues (Masters)

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Australia & Asia Issue(Masters
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090101 - Political Science
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Richard Gehrmann


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MARA or MSTA or BAHN.
Enrolment is not permitted in INR8011 if INR4011 has been previously completed.

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Based on the International Relations discipline, this course has been designed to prepare educated persons in Australia to make meaningful contributions to a better and wider understanding of regional relations. Students who have successfully completed this course will have an appropriate base of understanding and skills to enhance their work and social lives as well as their postgraduate study and research.


Drawing upon an International Relations framework, the course briefly reviews the key aspects regarding evolving perceptions and relationships between Australia and Asia. Students will enhance their research skills while considering several contemporary issues, including global and Asia-Pacific regional economies, Australian security, human security, and law and order challenges.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate specialised theoretical knowledge and research skills to critically comprehend the growth and dimensions of Australia's engagement with Asia, with a focus on economic issues, aid policies, law and order concerns, tourism, immigration, and education issues
  2. demonstrate advanced and integrated research skills to explain and evaluate some of the main issues and interactions between the state(s) and peoples of Australia and Asia in the broad context of "human security"
  3. demonstrate specialised cognitive, technical and communication skills appropriate to the discipline by preparing and submitting literature critiques and major essays
  4. ethical research and enquiry skills by comprehending and applying specialist referencing norms and practices.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview: historical contexts and evolving relations 10.00
2. Australia and the global Asian regional economy 10.00
3. Human security and law and order issues
  1. Migrants and people smuggling
  2. The environmental concerns of security
  3. Women around the globe
  4. The impacts of pandemic illnesses
4. Securing Australia(ns) - war and peace issues
  1. Regional terrorism and responses
  2. Challenges in the Australian-US alliance
  3. Regional interventions: East Timor and the Solomon Islands
  4. Alliance frameworks: Iraq and Afghanistan.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Baldino, D, Carr, A & A. Langlois (eds) 2014, Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates, OUP, Melbourne.

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.
Beeson, M & Hameiri, S 2017, Navigating the new international disorder : Australia in world affairs 2011 – 2015, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
Connors, M, Davidson, R & Dosch, J 2004, The new global politics of the Asia-Pacific, Routledge, Curzon, United Kingdom.
Cotton, J & Ravenhill, J (eds) 2007, Trading on alliance security: Australia in world affairs 2001-2005, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.
Cotton, J & Ravenhill, J 2011, Middle power dreaming: Australia in world affairs 2006-2010, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.
Firth, S 2011, Australia in international politics: an introduction to Australian foreign policy, 3rd edn, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, New South Wales.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Private Study 139.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (500 WORDS) 100 10 29 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 (1500 WORDS) 100 30 26 Aug 2019 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 (4000 WORDS) 100 60 28 Oct 2019

  1. proposal
  2. 2 to 3 critical journal article reviews

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility 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.

    It is the students’ 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.