• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Asian Studies More...
  • Major code NAST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Northeast Asian Studies offers a suite of courses covering the cultures, societies, histories, philosophies and religions of China, Korea and Japan. It has a particular strength in the modern popular film and literature of these countries while not neglecting their respective and intertwined histories—both antagonistic and cooperative. A Northeast Asian Studies major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture, history, society and thought.

The Northeast Asian studies major is designed to complement the Korean, Japanese and Chinese language majors, though knowledge of these languages is not required for courses in the Northeast Asian studies major.


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Northeast Asian Studies.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Northeast Asian Studies.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Northeast Asian Studies 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.

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
  • International Security
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Study Options
Students may take up to two courses outside of this list with advanced permission from the Undergraduate Convenor, provided the courses contribute to the major’s learning outcomes. The College of Asia & the Pacific encourages students to consider applying to take a Vice Chancellor’s undergraduate course (VCUG) as part of this major. 
Please note: To see the pre-2012 requirements for this major, students can navigate to the 2011 version of Study@.
Major Requirements

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

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2058 Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts 6
ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture 6
ASIA2040 Modern Korea 6
ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2003 Chinese Literature 6
ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History 6
ASIA2009 Modern Japan: the state and the society from Meiji to the present 6
ASIA2014 China Now: Discourse, Media and Culture 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2017 International Relations in North East Asia 6
ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century 6
ASIA2026 The Politics of China 6
ASIA2031 Japanese Politics 6
ASIA2037 History of Modern China 6
ASIA2040 Modern Korea 6
ASIA2045 The Investigative Historian in Asia 6
ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea 6
ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
ASIA2058 Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts 6
ASIA2071 Other Chinas 6
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
ASIA2073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice 6
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
ASIA2080 Korean Film: History, Culture and Society 6
ASIA2096 North Korea: History, Culture, Politics 6
ASIA2174 Mysticism 6
ASIA2203 Archaeology of China 6
ASIA2251 Buddhist Thought 6
ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia 6
ASIA2309 Education and Social Change in Modern Japan 6
ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
ASIA3026 Special Topics in Asian Studies 6-12
ASIA3051 Archaeology in Asia 6
ASIA3814 Politics of the Korean Peninsula 6
BUSI2023 Dynamics of Asian Business 6
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