Improve your Pacific literacy

International Policy and Strategies Faculty image - UN photo by Eskinder Debebe of 2 men sitting at the UN table with signs in front that read 'President' and 'Australia'
21 November 2022
Additional sessions of two popular Pacific courses announced for early December 2022.

New sessions for two of our popular geographic literacy courses have just been announced:

Don’t miss your chance to deepen your understanding of the Pacific region ready for the new year.

Understanding the Pacific

In this 2-day course, you will learn the foundational concepts, actors and issues across the Pacific so as to better understand the dynamics of the region and engage in current policy debates.

Covering a range of topics, including climate change, gender, elections, geopolitics, conflict and security, by the end of this course you will have:

  • a better understanding of Australia’s interests and role in the Pacific
  • the role of external players
  • the Pacific diplomatic system
  • economic, social and governance challenges
  • trends in the region.

This course will include over 15 international experts from ANU and the Pacific

Course details - Understanding the Pacific

Date: 5–6 December 2022

Time: 8.45 am–5.00 pm

Location: Kambri Theatre, ANU

Cost: $910

Sign up for an account on our learning management system, Lumi, with your email address and register today!


China in the Pacific

In this one-day course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of China’s motivations for engaging with the Pacific, with a particular focus on Chinese state and non-state actors involved in aid, investment, migration and diplomacy. This course also looks at the history of China’s rise, its main interests, diplomatic competition between China and Taiwan, as well as the response of traditional development partners to Beijing’s increased regional influence.

By the end of the course, you will understand more about these key questions:

  • How have Pacific Islands states benefitted from or been disadvantaged by China’s increased regional profile?
  • Will they be able to retain their sovereignty as the rivalry between China and the US intensifies?
  • How do ordinary citizens view these developments as Chinese companies and Chinese nationals become more active in their communities?

This course will include international experts from ANU and the Pacific.

Course details - China the Pacific

Date: 7 December 2022

Time: 8.45 am–5.00 pm

Location: Gareth Evans Auditorium, RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton

Cost: $910

Sign up for an account on our learning management system, Lumi, with your email address and register today!