• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tsan-Huang TSAI
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course will focus on aspects of the history and culture of Taiwan from the prehistoric period down to the present. It will cover a wide range of topics in assisting us to reconsider the role of Taiwan within the East Asian community or beyond. These topics include social and political histories, religious and festive traditions, and visual and performing arts, and their contemporary relevance. Taking Taiwan’s grassroots social movements and political demonstrations lead by university students as examples, you will learn how these movements are informed by the history of the island democratisation process and how these social-political activities are creating a long-lasting impact on its neighbours, such as Hong Kong and China. An additional workshop will emphasise knowledge acquisition through one’s own personal experiences and bodily senses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of issues in the history and culture of Taiwan.
  2. Critically compare issues in the history and culture of Taiwan with other countries in East Asia;
  3. Connect scholarly theoretical frameworks with historical cases and empirical examples;
  4. Collect, analyse, synthesise, interpret, debate, and contextualise information from a wide variety of sources, both Western and Chinese;
  5. Work in cooperative groups on key issues to do with the history and culture of Taiwan and to communicate findings to others.
  6. Illustrate the capability to design a term project investigating, critically and independently, issues in the history and culture of Taiwan.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation - 10% (Related learning outcomes: 1, 4)
Oral presentation - 10% (Related learning outcomes: 1, 2, 4)
Mid-term Examination - 30% (Related learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3)
Major essay - 50% (3,000-3,500 words Related learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3)

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The course comprises a weekly load of two one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial. It also demands five hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures each week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA2072.


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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9509 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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