- Code ASIA1030
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Prof Kenneth George
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2015
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Lives in Motion: The Politics of Culture and Everyday Experience in Postcolonial Asia (ASIA1030) aims to give students a feel for the way individuals and communities have lived their lives and put their cultural sensibilities to use in navigating the global currents, aspirations, and social crises that have shaped Asia in the postcolonial era (1945-present). Using ethnographic studies, artworks, films, novels, and memoirs, we explore the horizons of Asian "lifeworlds" and the open-ended, generative connections between people, objects, animals, spirits, ghosts, and the region's natural surrounds. We also will consider how Asians dwell with the summons of the nation-state, global capitalism, and other ethicopolitical forces. Lectures provide themes, problems, and case-studies; each lecture will include break-out workshop sessions for students to collaborate and present as teams in internet and online "fact-finding" research related to lecture content. Tutorials are devoted to discussion of course readings. The course will help students hone their research and analytic skills, and acquaint them with key themes in regional scholarship from the fields of anthropology and cultural studies.
Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. better understand how everyday life and everyday cultural sensibilities in Asia relate to the broad political and economic forces shaping the region;
2. display a deeper curiosity about Asia, and equip them with critical tools for subsequent study in the region;
3. develop a firmer grasp of basic academic practice, learning to approach sources critically and to write persuasively;
4. show an awareness of the theoretical standpoints adopted by others and reflect critically on their own standpoints; and
5. master basic academic skills of research, reading, writing and presentation.
Book-review essay 40%
Take-Home Exam 40%
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Three hours of lecture/tutorial, plus 7 hours of additional reading and assignment work each week.
Indicative Reading List
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.
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- Band 1
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- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|1323||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person|