- Code ASIA8011
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
Northeast Asia, with a population of some 1.7 billion, and containing the world's second and third largest economies, is a region of enormous political, economic and cultural significance. It is also currently in the midst of major transformations. Developments in the region, including the rise of China and ongoing efforts to resolve the crisis created by the last remaining corner of the Cold War – the division of the Korean Peninsula – have global implications. Meanwhile, the countries of the region are gradually moving towards the creation of closer regional integration. In order to understand these developments, and their profound implications for Australia and the rest of the world, we need to understand the historical, cultural and social context in which they occur. This course offers a new look at Northeast Asia. Key themes addressed include: the legacies of the Asia-Pacific and Korean Wars; the Cold War architecture of Northeast Asia; migration and cultural interactions between the countries of the regions in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras; the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan questions and their implications for relations between the countries of the region; and contemporary political and social issues in the region. This course will help students to further develop their research skills, through finding and interpreting archival resources, current data and visual material on Northeast Asia.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Understand historical developments in modern Northeast Asia
2. Analyse the current state of relations between countries of the region.
3. Interpret the impact of historical events on current state-society relations in Northeast Asia
4. Critically assess contemporary debates on Northeast Asian regionalism
5. Apply research skills to evaluate topics related to Northeast Asia.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
Presentation Podcast 15% (1,2,3,5)
Essay (2000 words) 35% (3,4,5)
Individual Research Project (4000 words) 50% (3,4,5)
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WorkloadEquivalent to approximately 10 hours per week including 3 hours of class time and 7 hours of reading and preparation.
Prescribed TextsReading materials will be provided on the Wattle website.
Preliminary ReadingLouise Young, Japan’s Total Empire: Manchuria and Culture of Wartime Imperialism, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999
Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Showa: An Inside History of Hirohito’s Japan, Methuen, 1984
Hyun Ok Park, Two Dreams in One Bed: Empire, Social Life and the Origins of the North Korean Revolution in Manchuria, Durham, Duke University Press, 2005
Chen Jian, Mao’s China and the Cold War, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2001
Yosano Akiko (trans. Joshua Fogel), Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia, New York, Columbia University Press, 2001
Timothy Brook, Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China, Harvard, Harvard University Press, 2005
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