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COURSE DESCRIPTION


Australia in Asia and the Pacific provides an overview of key environmental, human, economic, cultural, sociological and historical features of Australia and its neighbours. There is an emphasis on contemporary issues, perspectives and events as they affect the region. The need to become ‘Asia literate’ is vital as the influence of Asian nations on the world is increasing. It is imperative for our learners to nurture an appreciation of, and respect for, social, cultural and religious diversity and develop a sense of global citizenship. Australia in Asia and the Pacific focuses on developing skills in analysis and problem solving, communicating ideas and information, planning and organising activities, and collaborating with others.

course requirements


This course has four sections. All sections are compulsory.

Section A will be delivered first. The sequence in which Sections B to D are delivered is not prescribed. Approximately equal delivery time will be given to each Section.

SECTION A - Diversity of the physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific Region

SECTION B - Australia’s changing roles in the region: overseas aid and immigration

SECTION C - Tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific Region

SECTION D - National responses to crises

Relationship between Sections, TOPICS and Learning Outcomes


In studying this course learners will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to attain the Learning Outcomes.

The skills, knowledge and understanding required to attain all the specific Learning Outcomes about historical inquiry skills and communication skills are developed within the context of each of the sections and topics of the course.

The knowledge and understanding required to attain the Learning Outcomes about knowledge of, and understanding about Australia in Asia and the Pacific region are developed within the context of studying different sections of this course. The specific Learning Outcomes about knowledge of, and understanding about Australia in Asia and the Pacific region related to each section/topic are noted within the Course Content below.

CoURSE CONTENT


Nations defined as being in the Asia-Pacific region for the purpose of this course are listed at Appendix A.

Section A – Diversity of the physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific Region


This section of the course focuses on an overview of diversity of the physical and human characteristics of the Australia, Asia and Pacific region.

Specific learning outcomes about knowledge of, and understanding about Australia in Asia and the Pacific Region related to Section A.

Learners will be able to:



  • describe a range of examples of physical and human geography of the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, and assess the degree of diversity of physical and human geography in the region.

Both Section A.1 and A.2 are compulsory.

Section A.1 Physical Geography Characteristics


Learners will study:

  • the location of countries within the Australia, Asia and Pacific region

  • major landforms and geographic features in the region (e.g. mountains, seas and oceans, rivers, islands and plateaus)

  • climate types within the region and major vegetation zones within the region (e.g. equatorial, tropical monsoon, sub-tropical and cool temperate)

  • environmental degradation - vegetation (deforestation - including tropical rainforests).


Section A.2 Human Characteristics


Learners will study:

  • population – size and density. The problems of high population density and of population growth and decline

  • urbanisation – changing rural/urban patterns and the problems faced by cities

  • ethnic structure – a brief overview of ethnic groups and cultures in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, including indigenous groups, and beliefs and practices of some of the main religions in the region (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity).

Section A - Work Requirements


The following are minimum work requirements for Section A:

  • learners will complete at least two (2) formal written texts (approximately 600-900 words each)

  • at least one written text will be on a topic allowing learners to demonstrate knowledge of a range of examples of physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, and to assess the degree of diversity of physical and human geography in the region

  • at least one written text will allow learners to use generalisations - based on knowledge of human and physical geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region - to make logical predictions and reach valid conclusions in a real or hypothetical context.



Section B – Australia’s Changing RoleS in the Region: Overseas Aid and immigration


This section of the course focuses on Australia’s changing roles in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region. Australia’s partnerships and inter-relationships with specific regional nations in the areas of immigration and overseas aid are investigated and studied in a critical manner.

Both Section B.1 and B.2 are compulsory.



Specific learning outcomes about knowledge of, and understanding about Australia in Asia and the Pacific Region related to Section B.

Learners will be able to:



  • describe and assess how Australia’s relationship with specific nations in the region has developed and changed in the areas of overseas aid and immigration.

Section B.1 - Overseas Aid


  • why does Australia give aid to nations in the Asia-Pacific region?

  • amounts given

  • types of aid

  • impacts of aid

  • management of aid

  • solutions to problems

  • recommendations

  • Millennium Development Goals

  • Case Study: Australia’s overseas aid to at least one Asian and at least one Pacific nation.


Section B.2 – Immigration (including refugee and humanitarian arrivals)


  • immigration pre-1945

    • White Australia Policy

  • populate or perish: Post War immigration

    • First-Displaced Persons -1947

  • changes in immigration policy

    • 1958 Immigration Restriction Act

    • 1966 watershed in abolishing the White Australia Policy

    • 1972 Labor Government Changes

    • 1976 increase in asylum seekers (so-called 'boat people')

  • impact of people coming from the Asia-Pacific region on Australian culture and society since 1976 – enrichment of multiculturalism in Australia

  • asylum seekers post 2000 and government responses

  • Case Study: Investigate the experience of one national or ethnic group’s experience of re-settlement in Australia, post-1970. The selected group must be from the Asian-Pacific region.


Section B - Work Requirements


The following are minimum work requirements for Section B:

  • learners will complete at least three (3) formal written texts (approximately 600-900 words each)

  • at least one written text will be in a report format (see Work Requirements below for details)

  • one written text will allow learners to describe and assess how Australia’s overseas aid relationships with selected nations* has developed and changed

  • one written text will allow learners to describe and assess how Australia’s immigration relationships with selected nations* has developed and changed

  • one written text will allow learners to uses generalisations - based on knowledge of Australia’s changing role in the region in the areas of immigration and overseas aid - to make logical predictions and reach valid conclusions in a real or hypothetical context.

* Selected nations will include at least one Asian and one Pacific region nation. Nations selected in one task will not be selected in the second task. E.g. if Australia’s aid relationship with Vietnam was selected in the overseas aid task (B.1), Vietnamese immigration to Australia will not be selected in the immigration task (B.2).
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