Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit gives students in-country opportunities to engage with local communities and institutions in the Asia Pacific region to increase their literacy concerning the region and problems both unique to the region and shared with Australia. The unit combines in-classroom learning with field activities to promote experiential learning concerning the specific issues focused upon in each host country. Topics may include strategies for promoting communal harmony, issues in conservation and development, local social movements and cultural institutions addressing such problems as multiculturalism, decolonisation, national identity, environmental adaptation, and others.

This unit is not available for self-enrolment and is only available to high-performing students. Students wishing to apply for the unit must contact the unit coordinator and submit an expression of interest (a form will be supplied for this purpose).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodAsia PacificOff-campus
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the International Relations major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the institutional structures and cultural outlooks of the host country

; (2) critically analyse government discourses and policies, as well as civil society responses to them; (3) work collaboratively in cross-cultural contexts; (4) develop and use international networks to address problems faced by the host country and Australia; and (5) reflect on and apply international perspectives to the Australian context.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) reflective writing; and (3) analytical essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Yu Tao and Dr Alexander Davis and Dr Felix Pal
Unit rules
Successful completion of
two level 1 Unit(s) and approval of the unit coordinator
Approved quota: 50—this unit is not available for self-enrolment. Students wishing to apply for the unit must contact the unit coordinator and submit an expression of interest (a form will be supplied for this purpose). The Unit Coordinator will select participants based on the applicants' quality of EoI, general academic performance, and, where relevant, criteria set by the external funder, such as the DFAT in the case of the New Colombo Plan projects.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
food, travel and accommodation only, includes visa-related charges (estimated cost - variable).
Contact hours
The core of this unit is an in-country fieldwork experience typically between two and four weeks, with the balance of classroom and field/experiential activities decided by the relevant unit coordinator in negotiation with the host university/institution.
This unit is not available for self-enrolment. Students wishing to apply for the unit must contact the unit coordinator and submit an expression of interest (a form will be supplied for this purpose).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.