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Asia and Australia: Bound by Sea takes an innovative approach to exploring connections and engagement between Australia and various places in Asia by focusing on the movement of peoples, materials, technology, resources, ideas and aspirations to demonstrate the sea's ongoing significance as a medium of interaction and exchange.
You will explore historic and contemporary encounters that have been variously collaborative, conflicted, accidental or anticipatory, and examine how these encounters may inform future relationships between Asia and Australia. Topics may include, for example, the historic pearling trade, disasters and recovery, tourism, shipping and logistical planning, and contestation and cooperation in the South China Sea and Southern Ocean.

Summary 2020

Unit name Asia and Australia: Bound by Sea
Unit code XBR107
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages|History and Classics|Maritime and Logistics Management|Geography and Spatial Sciences|Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture|Oceans and Cryosphere

Dr K Harman

Teaching staff

Dr K Harman, A/Prof P Allen, Prof J Chin, Dr B Hartley, Dr K Ross, Dr T Tanasaldy, Dr P Bhaskar, Dr S Cahoon, Dr P Chan, Dr H Pateman, Dr J Jabour, Dr S Williams

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes



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  • Wordle participation and 500 word reflective statement 20%
  • 500 word reflective statement following map test 20%
  • Four discussion board posts, four responses, and a 1,500 word essay 60%
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