• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code ASIA-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
With Asia’s influence on Australia and the world ever increasing, you will be a graduate of “the Asian Century” no matter what you study. By including an Asian Studies major in your degree you can graduate into this new global environment with a strong grounding in Asian studies, capitalising on the career opportunities this century brings.  An Asian Studies major will equip you with knowledge of the region’s history, culture, and politics. It will also give you an understanding of Asia’s place in the world. Asian studies welcomes a wide variety of approaches, research methods and objects of study, and it also critically examines the underlying assumptions, implicit values, and often unintended consequences of the use of different disciplinary approaches.

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this major, students will be able to:

1.        Identify the processes by which knowledge about Asia has been produced, circulated and applied.

2.        Analyse major trends in Asia within regional and global comparative frameworks.

3.        Understand the theoretical frameworks and research techniques in humanities and social science literatures relevant to the study of Asia.

4.        Evaluate ideas and develop creative solutions to problems, including through independent pursuit of knowledge and making connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods.

5.        Communicate and debate both orally and in writing, and work with others, using a variety of media.

6.        Continue learning about Asia; from Asia; and with Asia.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Culture and Society in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA1030 The Modern Transformation of Asia and the Pacific 6

36 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH2135 Vietnam Field School 6-12
ANTH3014 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia 6
ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia 6
ARCH2600 In the footprints of Siddartha: The Archaeology of Buddhism 6
ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation 6
ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2020 Engaging Asia: Working with Government 6
ASIA2026 The Politics of China 6
ASIA2031 Japanese Politics 6
ASIA2037 Histories of Modern China 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea 6
ASIA2055 Music and Society in Twentieth-Century Korea 6
ASIA2058 Modern Japanese Culture 6
ASIA2065 Comparative Politics (Asia Pacific) 6
ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2071 Other Chinas 6
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
ASIA2082 Southeast Asian Landscapes of Power 6
ASIA2085 Southeast Asia in World History 6
ASIA2086 Introduction to Asian Religions 6
ASIA2108 Popular Cultures in Indonesia 6
ASIA2270 India in the Age of Asian Empires 6
ASIA2271 The Making of South Asia 6
ASIA2272 Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics 6
ASIA2273 Revolutions, Rebellions and Reforms: Histories of Resistance in India 6
ASIA2366 Culture and Traditions: Foundations of Chinese Studies A 6
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
ASIA2517 Indonesia: Language, Media, and Arts in Social Change 6
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
ASIA3014 Southeast Asian Frontiers: Thailand and Burma/Myanmar 12
GEND2031 Cinema in Southeast Asia: Genre and Cultural Identities 6
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific 6
INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities 6
SOCY2061 Contemporary Chinese Society 6
STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific 6
STST2002 Internal security issues in the Asia-Pacific 6
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