Improve your Pacific literacy
New sessions for two of our popular geographic literacy courses have just been announced:
- Understanding the Pacific, Monday and Tuesday, 5–6 December
- China in the Pacific, Wednesday, 7 December
Don’t miss your chance to deepen your understanding of the Pacific region ready for the new year.
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
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