• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Asian Studies More...
  • Major code NAST-MAJ


Northeast Asia is a region of enormous political, economic, and cultural significance. Containing the world’s second and third largest economies this dynamic region is in the midst of major transformations. As political, economic, and cultural developments in Northeast Asia have global implications, an understanding of the history of this region is of vital importance. Northeast Asian Studies offers a suite of courses covering the politics, histories, cultures, and societies of China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia and the Russian Far East. A Northeast Asian Studies major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in a region of vital significance to Australia and the world.

The Northeast Asian studies major is designed to complement the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese language majors and the Mongolian and Russian language minors, though knowledge of these languages is not required for courses in the Northeast Asian studies major.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped Northeast Asia,
  2. Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of Northeast Asia,
  3. Analyse current debates relating to regional cooperation and unity in the context of tensions in traditions,
  4. Analyse the global significance of events and developments in Northeast Asia,
  5. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Northeast Asia Studies has developed.  

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
  • International Security
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Major Requirements


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


A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following foundational course(s):

ASIA1025 - Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change (6 units)

ASIA1030 - Asia and the Pacific in Motion (6 units)


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

ASIA2017 - History of International Relations in Northeast Asia (6 units)

ASIA3033 - Rethinking Northeast Asia: Region, Culture and Society (6 units)


A minimum of 18 units from the completion of core courses focused on Northeast Asia from the following list:

ASIA3040-Literary and Cultural Discourse in Modern Japan (6 units)

ASIA2031-Japanese Politics (6 units)

ASIA2058-Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts (6 units)

ASIA2009-The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond (6 units)

ASIA3011- Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan (6 units)

ASIA3027- Issues in Japanese Policy in their global context (6 units)

ASIA2040 - The Making of Modern Korea (6 units)

ASIA3031- Creative Industries in Korea (6 units)

ASIA2006 - Gender in Korean History (6 units)

ASIA2096 - North Korea: History, Culture, Politics (6 units)

WARS2003 - The Korean War (6 units)

ASIA3051- Study Tour: Archaeology in Asia (6 units)

ASIA2049 - Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea (6 units)

ASIA2074 - Popular Culture in East Asia (6 units)

ASIA2016-The Mongol Empire in World History (6 units)

ASIA2037 - History of Modern China (6 units)

ASIA2044-Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) (6 units)

ASIA2072 - Taiwan: History and Culture (6 units)

ASIA2084 - Study Tour: Modern Mongolia - Challenges to the Environment, Economy and Empire (6 units)

ASIA2203 - Archaeology of China (6 units)

ASIA2026 - The Politics of China (6 units)

ASIA2003 - Chinese Literature(6 units)

ASIA2014 - China Now: Discourse, Media and Culture (6 units)

ASIA3034 - The Contemporary Chinese World (6 units)

INTR2020 - (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula (6 units)

INTR2018 - Japanese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2016- US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia (6 units)

INTR2012- Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

POLS2069 - Politics in Russia (6 units)


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

ASIA3029-Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia (6 units)

ASIA3021-Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century (6 units)

ASIA2304-What is Literature? Asian Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2067-Economies of Emerging Asia (6 units)

ASIA2065-Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes (6 units)

ASIA2301-Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

ASIA2302-Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2307-History of Empire in Asia (6 units)

ASIA2001-Language in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA2103-Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA2311-Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

INTR2010-International Relations in the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

STST2001-International Security issues in the Asia Pacific (6 units)



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