This unit of study examines social and political issues in contemporary Asia and the Pacific, two socially and politically diverse and dynamic regions. Key debates within the regions are analysed, including debates about culture and identity; and questions about development; and the disparities of wealth and poverty. Nation-states in these regions are studied comparatively while the place of the region in the globe is also examined. Global factors examined include work and commodity chains, sustainable development and the role of international organisations. Finally, the unit considers Australia’s position in relation to these two regions, interrogating some of the ways that ‘Asia’ and “Pacific’ are interpreted, focusing upon critiques by Asian and Pacific scholars.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Students will be provided with an up to date resources list via VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):