• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code AHIST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate


The Asian History major offers a suite of courses covering developments in a wide range of Asian societies from early times to the recent past. The major 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 major 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 major 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 successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.     Understand historical forces that have shaped Asian and Pacific states and societies,

2.     Analyse the regional and global significance of historical events and developments in Asia and the Pacific,

3.     Identify and critique the uses that are made of history in contemporary Asian and Pacific societies,

4.     Understand the techniques that historians use to develop understandings of the past and the meaning of the past to different social groups,

5.     Construct coherent arguments based on evidence drawn from the past.  

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Major Requirement


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

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia 6
HIST2110 Approaches to History 6
ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia 6
ASIA3029 Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2044 Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) 6
ASIA2270 India in the Age of Asian Empires: South Asian History to 1757 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
ASIA2271 The Making of South Asia 6
ASIA2009 The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond 6
ASIA2040 The Making of Modern Korea 6
ASIA2037 History of Modern China 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
ASIA2017 History of International Relations in Northeast Asia 6
ASIA3272 Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics 6
ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
WARS2004 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
WARS2003 The Korean War 6
ASIA2096 North Korea: History, Culture, Politics 6
ASIA2039 Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis 6
ASIA2167 Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
WARS2002 The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989 6
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture 6
ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific 6
ASIA2308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
HIST1215 The Twentieth Century World 6
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
HIST2241 Global Aboriginal and Native Histories 6
MEAS2002 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey 6
MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
HIST3007 Making History 6
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