• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Tomlinson
    • Dr Shameem Black
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course aims to break down modern stereotypes of Asia and the Pacific, and in doing so, to spark your curiosity about this fascinating and dynamic region. The course offers a feel for the way individuals and communities live their lives and find different ways to navigate the currents, aspirations, and crises that have shaped Asia and the Pacific. We will explore key themes, such as the organization of life in politics, families, and language; the effect of poverty and riches; the importance of race, ethnicity and gender; and the power of belief, creativity and performance. The course will introduce you to many different ways of thinking about these themes, such as those found in political science, history, anthropology, archaeology, gender studies, economics, cultural studies, linguistics and other disciplines. Experts from across the ANU will raise big questions and case studies in lectures, while tutorials will help you hone your skills of critical thinking and effective communication.

This course is one of two required foundational courses for the Bachelor of Asian Studies degree. It is also highly suitable for students from other programs who would like to learn the basics of understanding the Asia-Pacific region, and assists them in gaining what is sometimes called "Asia literacy," a valuable attribute in any career in the 21st century.
 

Learning Outcomes

1. Advance your curiosity and your understanding of the diversity of experience in Asia and the Pacific, which can form a basis for your independent lifelong learning from and with these regions.

2. Understand how different concepts and methods from the humanities and social sciences can help you analyse Asia and the Pacific.

3. Use your understanding of Asian and Pacific diversity to question popular stereotypes about the regions, to become aware of the theoretical standpoints of others, and to begin to reflect critically on your own perspective.

4. Apply your knowledge of Asia and the Pacific in a written form that draws upon research, makes a coherent argument, uses a logical structure and method, and shows your correct use of scholarly citation.

5. Develop critical thinking and independent judgment in your research process, in your writing, in your class discussions, and in your individual and group presentations.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation  10%  (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Tutorial presentation 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Workshop team presentation 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Research paper and bibliography (1500-2000 words)  30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Exam  40% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Three hours of lecture/tutorial, plus 7 hours of additional reading and assignment work each week.

Indicative Reading List

Daniel, Valentine. Charred Lullabies: Chapters in an Anthropology of Violence. 1996.
Demick, Barbara. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. 2010.
George, Kenneth M.  Picturing Islam: Art and Ethics in a Muslim Lifeworld. 2010.
Hamid, Mohsin. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.  2014.
Kwon, Heonik. Ghosts of War in Vietnam. 2013.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of ASIA1025 is recommended but not required. This course assumes no background knowledge.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7229 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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