• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code ASIA-MIN
  • 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 minor in your degree you can graduate into this new global environment with a foundation in Asian studies, capitalising on the career opportunities this century brings.  An Asian Studies minor will provide you with an introduction to 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 minor, students will be able to:

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

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

3.        Understand some of 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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12 units of the following compulsory courses:

                ASIA1025              Culture and Society in Asia and the Pacific

                ASIA1030              The Modern Transformation of Asia and the Pacific

12 units of courses from the following lists:


ARCH3024          The Archaeology of Buddhism

ARTV2053             Contemporary Asian Art

ASIA 2001             Language in Asia

ASIA2020              Engaging Asia: Working with Government

ASIA2045              Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda

ASIA2065              Comparative Politics

ASIA3012              Readings in Asian Societies and Histories

ASIA2xxx               Natural Resource Conflict in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA2xxx               Asian Religions

INTR2010               International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

INTR2024               Nuclear Politics in Asia

STST2001               International Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific

STST2002               Internal Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific

China, Japan and Korea

ASIA2016              Mongol Empire

ASIA2026              The Politics of China

ASIA2031              Japanese Politics

ASIA2037              Histories of Modern China

ASIA2049              Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea 

ASIA2055              Contemporary Korean Music and Society

ASIA2058              Modern Japanese Culture

ASIA2071              Other Chinas

ASIA2074              Popular Culture in East Asia

ASIA2366              Culture and Traditions: Foundations of Chinese Studies

SOCY2061             Contemporary Chinese Society

South Asia

ASIA2270              Gods, Kings and Rebels: Indian History to 1857

ASIA2271              The Making of India: 1857 to Present

ASIA2272              Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics

ASIA2273              Revolutions, Rebellions and Reforms: Histories of Resistance in India

Southeast Asia

ANTH2135             Vietnam Field School

ANTH3014             South East Asian Field School: Contemporary Change in South East Asia

ARCH2050             Archaeology of Southeast Asia

ARTH2056             Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia

ASIA2070              Democracy in Southeast Asia

ASIA2082              Southeast Asian Landscapes of Power

ASIA2085              Introduction to South East Asian History

ASIA2108              Popular Cultures in Indonesia

ASIA2517              Indonesia: Language, Media and Arts in Social Change

ASIA2156              Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

ASIA3014              Southeast Asian Frontiers: Thailand and Myanmar

GEND2031             Cinema in South East Asia: Genre and Cultural Identities

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