• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Blended

This course examines power relations in everyday life, particularly among urban middle classes in Asia. The course is a critical response to both significant changes in contemporary Asia as well as to the inadequacies of mainstream approaches to Asian Studies from the Cold War era. Instead of privileging the elite and the formal and institutionalised political bodies and agents dominated by men, this course examines how power operates in moments and spaces of leisure, entertainment and daily conflicts among the ordinary people. Youth, social media, consumption, lifestyle, street protests, gender, class and modernity are some of the intersecting themes that run through the entire course. Selected methodological and theoretical perspectives from cultural studies, area studies, gender studies, and media studies will be considered.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Recognise and explain the significance of the selected works on “fun and politics of everyday life” in Asian contexts;
2. Critically engage with selected theoretical perspectives;
3. Conduct research and write an analytical essay on one specific topic on fun and politics of everyday life in specific Asian contexts.

Indicative Assessment

* Weekly class participation (ongoing) and 4 short tutorial notes (max 500 words) due 48 hours prior to class meetings 40% (weekly)
* One essay plan, max 1,000 words (20%) due mid-semester;
* One long essay max 3,500 words (40%), due in the early exam period

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Four days a week over 3 weeks: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from Monday 20 June to Friday 15 July. 10.30am - 12.30pm.
There will be no class the week beginning 4 July.

Preliminary Reading

Reading materials will be updated annually. Please check details on Wattle near the date of the course session.


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.

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