• 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

ASIA2001 Language in Asia

ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda

ASIA2065 Comparative Politics

ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories

ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflict in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA2086 Introduction to 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 

ASIA2058 Modern Japanese Culture

ASIA2071 Other Chinas

ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia

ASIA2366 Culture and Traditions: Foundations of Chinese Studies

ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century

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: Culture, Media and Everyday Life

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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