• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code AHIST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Asian History Major


The Asian History major offers a suite of courses covering developments in a wide range of Asian societies from early times to the recent past. The major provides students with grounding in the course of history in a variety of Asian societies and it provides an empirical basis for the comparative analysis of historical and contemporary developments in Asia and the rest of the world. The major trains students in techniques of source criticism and document analysis, instructs them in the marshalling of evidence for the development of analysis and argument, develops their skills in narrative analysis and in applying social science theory to past societies that differ greatly from the western context in which most such theories were developed. The major assists them to analyse the social and cultural uses to which history writing and historical memory are put and develops an understanding of the historical traditions of Asian societies.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a major in Asian History, graduates will be able to:

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to the history of the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to history of the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about the history of the Asia-Pacific region has been developed.


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive   list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major,   whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of   courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

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The following courses must be taken on a topic relevant to Asian History

Major Requirement

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

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Culture and Society in Asia and the Pacific 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA1030 The Modern Transformation of Asia and the Pacific 6
HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2009 Modern Japanese Society 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2044 History of China: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) 6
ASIA2037 Histories of Modern China 6
ASIA2040 Modern Korea 6
ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
ASIA2066 The Chinese Art of War: Sunzi Bingfa 6
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
ASIA2085 Southeast Asia in World History 6
ASIA2163 Religion and Politics in South Asia 6
ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2167 Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2203 Chinese Foundations of Civilizations: Prehistory through to Early History 6
ASIA2366 Culture and Traditions: Foundations of Chinese Studies A 6
ASIA2367 People in History: Foundations of Chinese Studies B 6
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
ASIA3002 The Chinese Southern Diaspora 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
  ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
ASIA3025 Tibet and China: Histories and Myths 6
ASIA3028 Indonesia 1940-1950: War, revolution, diplomacy 6
ASIA3030 The Origins of the International Order in Southeast Asia 6
HIST2110 Approaches to History 6
HIST2133 Human Variations and Racism in Western Culture, c. 1450-1950 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
  HIST 2139: Researching & Writing History
  HIST 2225: Environmental History
MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture 6
MEAS2002 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey 6
MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations 6
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
PASI2006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
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