• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Minor code AHIST-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Asian History minor offers a suite of courses covering developments in a wide range of Asian societies from early times to the recent past. The minor provides students with grounding in the course of history in a variety of Asian societies and it provides an empirical basis for the comparative analysis of historical and contemporary developments in Asia and the rest of the world. The minor trains students in techniques of source criticism and document analysis, instructs them in the marshalling of evidence for the development of analysis and argument, develops their skills in narrative analysis and in applying social science theory to past societies that differ greatly from the western context in which most such theories were developed. The minor assists them to analyse the social and cultural uses to which history writing and historical memory are put and develops an understanding of the historical traditions of Asian societies.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a minor in Asian History, graduates will be able to:

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to the history of the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to history of the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about the history of the Asia-Pacific region 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.



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    This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

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

    Code Title Units
    ASIA2009 Modern Japan: the state and the society from Meiji to the present 6
    ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
    ASIA2037 History of Modern China 6
    ASIA2040 Modern Korea 6
    ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
    ASIA2044 Foundations of Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) 6
    ASIA2045 The Investigative Historian in Asia 6
    ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
    ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
    ASIA2096 North Korea: History, Culture, Politics 6
    ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
    ASIA2167 Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia 6
    ASIA2203 Archaeology of China 6
    ASIA2270 India in the Age of Asian Empires: South Asian History to 1757 6
    ASIA2271 The Making of South Asia 6
    ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia 6
    ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture 6
    ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
    ASIA3002 The Chinese Southern Diaspora 6
    ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
    ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
    ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
    ASIA3029 Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in East Asia 6
    ASIA3030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia 6
    ASIA3272 Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics 6
    HIST2110 Approaches to History 6
    HIST2133 Human Variations and Racism in Western Culture, c. 1450-1950 6
    HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
    MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6
    MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture 6
    MEAS2002 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey 6
    MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations 6
    PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
    PASI2006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
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