« Asia and the Pacific/Understanding the Pacific

No dates are currently scheduled.


This foundational credential focuses on some of the contemporary debates in the Pacific region in three key areas - climate change, gender, conflict and security - in order to shed light on decision-making processes in the region and the complex dynamics within which these issues and these processes are embedded. The credential then turns to three four key actors in the region – China, Australia, Papua New Guinea and churches to examine the crowded geo-politics and partners in the Pacific and the policy-making structures of these key actors as they seek to shape and influence the region. 


  1. Climate change in the Pacific 
  2. Gender in the Pacific 
  3. Conflict/Security in the Pacific 
  4. China, an emerging new partner in the Pacific 
  5. Australia and the Pacific “Step-Up” 
  6. Papua New Guinea, why it matters 
  7. What role do churches play as key actors in the Pacific? 


  • Course Code: DPA02
  • Workload: Estimated 50-60 hours (12 contact hours)
  • ANU unit value: 3 units
  • Course Code Level: 8000
  • Contact: Department of Public Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion, participants will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the range and diversity of social, governance and development challenges facing the Pacific
  2. Gain insight into the pressures and incentives that bear on decision-making in Pacific Islands governments
  3. Understand the complexity of policymaking in the Pacific, including styles of decision-making in Pacific governments. 

Indicative assessment

  • Thematic briefing paper (2,000 words): 60%; Links to Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
  • Presentation on a thematic issue (5 minute) 40%; Links to Learning Outcomes: 1

Assumed knowledge

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Who should enrol?

This credential is designed for policymakers, program designers, researchers and analysts working on and in the Pacific region, to provide an introduction to  foundational knowledge and concepts.

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

View all Upcoming Micro-credentials