• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code ACMG-MAJ
Asian and Pacific Culture, Media and Gender Major

This major investigates culture and gender as forms of everyday power in Asia and the Pacific. Using critical concepts from a range of disciplines, students uncover how gender norms and creative practices influence political debates and contemporary media. The major reveals how concepts of gender in Asia and the Pacific sometimes look different from conventional Western views. It explores how ideas about gender shape justice, equality and leadership in different societies. The major further analyses how vibrant Asian and Pacific popular cultures and media spread social norms, challenge established authorities, and imagine new futures. Through analytical, practice-based and creative approaches, this major gives students crucial tools to understand the politics of everyday life in Asia and the Pacific.    

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand, evaluate and apply contemporary theories of gender and culture in Asia and the Pacific;
  2. Explain the conceptual vocabulary of gender and cultural studies to analyse contemporary issues and problems in Asia and the Pacific;
  3. Explain the methods of gender and cultural studies to analyse the way gender and sexuality are produced in culture, including written and visual texts from Asia and the Pacific;
  4. Identify and understand interdisciplinary approaches to gender, sexuality and culture in Asia and the Pacific.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

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

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

ASIA3032 - Digital Asia: Technology and Society (6 units)

GEND1001 - Sex, Gender and Identity: An Introduction to Gender Studies (6 units)

GEND1002 - Reading Popular Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Studies (6 units)

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

ARTH2104 - Asian Art In-Country (12 units)

ASIA2006 - Gender in Korean History (6 units)

ASIA2014 - China: Language, Discourse, and Political Culture (6 units)

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

ASIA2072 - Taiwan: History and Culture (6 units)

ASIA2074 - Popular Culture in East Asia (6 units)

ASIA2099 - Foundations of Chinese Society: Friends, Family, Connections (6 units)

ASIA2116 - India's Culture Wars (6 units)

ASIA2366 - Foundations of Chinese Culture (6 units)

ASIA3031 - Creative Industries in Korea (6 units)

ASIA3035 - Indonesia in the Malay World: Culture, Media and Everyday Life (6 units)

HUMN2004 - Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration (6 units)

PASI2001 - Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World (6 units)

PASI3002 - Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific (6 units)

PASI3005 - Pacific Islands Field School (6 units)

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

ARTH2056 - Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation (6 units)

ARTH2059 - Art of Asia: Histories and Traditions (6 units)

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

DESN2007 - Design Fiction: Speculative and Critical Design (6 units)

JPNS3005 - Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan (6 units)

JPNS3006 - Advanced Japanese: Language in Context (6 units)

JPNS3007 - Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society (6 units)

JPNS3008 - Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature (6 units)

KORE3015 - Advanced Korean: Film and Society (6 units)

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