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OER1001 Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific

Semester 3, 2019 Online
Short Description: Regional Rel in Asia & Pacific
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090300 - Studies in Human Society
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Marcus Harmes

Other requisites

Students will require access to Umail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

Synopsis

Drawing upon frameworks from International Relations and the Social Sciences, the course provides basic information about, and analysis of, contemporary regional relationships, current affairs and societies in Asia and the Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand. Attention will be given to the personal and social skills that will facilitate better international cooperation and cross cultural communication in Asia and the Pacific.

Objectives

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

  1. delineate the main geographical factors influencing human activities in the Asia Pacific regions, including Australia and New Zealand, and the main points of comparison and contrast between these regions;
  2. outline the growth and dimensions of transnational involvement in Asia and the Pacific;
  3. explain the factors working towards the growing inter-dependence of states in Asia and the Pacific;
  4. explain and apply various personal and social skills expected in other regional cultures;
  5. outline other cultural traditions and regional current affairs;
  6. apply analytical and problem solving skills by researching and writing assignments;
  7. apply ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying referencing norms and practices;
  8. demonstrate cultural literacy skills by describing, analysing and applying international perspectives using course-specific analytical frameworks.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Module 1: Introduction 10.00
2. Module 2: A Sense of Place:
2.1. Introducing Asia and the Pacific
2.2. Historical Overview of Europeans in Asia and the Pacific
20.00
3. Module 3: Understanding Culture:
3.1. The Diversity of Human Ideas, Values, Beliefs and Behaviour
3.2. An Introduction to the Religious Belief Systems of Selected Societies
20.00
4. Module 4: Regional Economic Imperatives 10.00
5. Module 5: A Sense of Direction: Regional Futures 10.00
6. Module 6: Regional Relations: Regional Issues, Responses and Foreign Relations 20.00
7. Module 7: Tourism: Significance, Development, Socio-Economic Impact and Cultural Dimensions. 10.00

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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=03&subject1=OER1001)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

All required materials for this course will be provided on the Course Study Desk. Other materials will need to be accessed through Open Educational Resources online.

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.
Altman, J & Martin, D 2009, Power, Culture, Economy: Indigenous Australians and Mining, ANU-E Press, Canberra.
(Available: http://epress.anu.edu.au/c30_citation.html.)
Braithwaite, J, Braithwaite, V, Cookson, M & Dunn, L 2010, Anomie and Violence: Non-truth and Reconciliation in Indonesian Peacebuilding, ANU E Press, Canberra.
(Available: http://epress.anu.edu.au/anomie_citation.html.)
Chen, C & Duncan, R (eds) 2008, Agriculture and Food Security in China, ANU E Press, Canberra.
(Available: http://epress.anu.edu.au/afsc_citation.html.)
Douglas, B & Ballard, C 2008, Foreign Bodies: Oceania and the Science of Race 1750-1940, ANU E Press, Canberra.
(Available: http://epress.anu.edu.au/foreign_bodies_citation.html.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 105.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
COUNTRY PROFILE (1250 WORDS) 100 25 09 Dec 2019
ARTICLE EVALUATION (1500 WDS) 100 25 06 Jan 2020
REFLECTIVE JOURNAL (2000 WDS) 100 25 03 Feb 2020
TOURIST BROCHURE 100 25 14 Feb 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the student's 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.
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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:
    As there are no examinations 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. 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. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page: that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  4. The University will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  5. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  6. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete-Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete-Supplementary Examination and Make-up). A temporary 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.

  7. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of UConnect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Fail grade.

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 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 possess them.