• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code SAST-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
South Asian Studies Minor


South Asian Studies offers a suite of courses covering the cultures, societies, histories, philosophies and religions of the Indian subcontinent. The major provides students with a foundation in the history of the nations on the subcontinent, an understanding of the movements and religions of the peoples that populate it, as well as training them to investigate and analyse its myriad cultures and societies—both contemporary and historical. A South Asian Studies major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in Indian culture, history, society and thought.


Learning Outcomes

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


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

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

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2270 India in the Age of Asian Empires: South Asian History to 1757 6
ASIA2271 The Making of South Asia 6

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

Code Title Units
ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia 6
ARTV2052 Introducing Asian Modernisms 6
ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2045 The Investigative Historian in Asia 6
ASIA2062 Indian Epics 6
ASIA2174 Mysticism 6
ASIA2251 Buddhist Thought 6
ASIA2274 South Asian Cinema 6
ASIA2275 The Pleasures and Powers of Stories in South Asia 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century 6
ASIA3026 Special Topics in Asian Studies 6-12
ASIA3272 Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics 6
BIAN2130 Ancient Medicine 6
ECHI2109 Asian Giants: India, China and Japan; Alternate Paths to Prosperity(P) 6
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