- Code ASIA3032
- 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, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Ross Tapsell
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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Two rapid and dynamic trends face a current generation of students: the rise of Asia as an economic and political powerhouse, and the digital revolution.
New technologies are revolutionising audience expectations and creating opportunities for pioneering digital initiatives, and Asia is at the forefront of this revolution. Students will learn how to manage a dynamic environment of ‘digital Asia’, harnessing the creative and participatory possibilities of today's Internet. The course will encourage critical reflection on the interlocking logistical, ethical, gendered, cultural and political considerations faced by Asian people on a daily basis. The developments in the region confirm that Asia literacy and digital literacy are two phenomena that are not distinct from each other, but in fact closely interrelated.
This course will prepare students for careers in the rapidly evolving digital spaces that are opening up in the Asian region and beyond, but also to provide a grounding of gender and culture as central to understanding how these digital spaces have evolved, and where they are heading next. Students will also be able to produce work for Monsoon, an Asia-Pacific focused online magazine based at the College of Asia and the Pacific, and to discuss new ideas and initiatives around the digital space within CAP.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skill to:
1. Identify and explain current trends in digital technologies, and describe how they apply to gender and culture knowledge production.
2. Analyse audience requirements in the Asia-Pacific's rapidly changing online gendered and cultural environment.
3. Define a role within a digital spaces that offers opportunities to work collaboratively at the cutting-edge of digital media production.
4. Critically evaluate the success of digital technology activities, and how that relates to gender and cultural studies, with suggestions for the continuous improvement of such collaborative undertakings.
5. Develop transferable skills in writing, sub-editing, editing and multimedia content production as well as the promotion of critical ideas across digital platforms.
Indicative Assessment1. 4 x 800 word written pieces (40%) ( Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5)
2. In-class participation (10%) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
3. Discussant/presentation (in-class) (15%) (1, 2, 4)
4. Research essay 2000 words (35%) (1, 2, 4, 5)
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Workload3 hours seminar per week, 130 hours workload over the whole semester including independent study.
Preliminary ReadingDigital Asia (Brill) scholarly journal based out of Leiden University
- Understanding digital culture / Vincent Miller, 2011.
- Digital Culture and Religion in Asia [electronic resource in ANU library catalogue]. Sam Han, 2015.
- Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence (ISEAS, Singapore, 2017), Edwin Jurriens and Ross Tapsell (eds.)
- Digital Korea : convergence of Broadband Internet, 3G Cell Phones, multiplayer gaming, digital TV, virtual reality, electronic cash, telematics, robotics, e-government and the intelligent home / Tomi Ahonen and Jim O'Reilly
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