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

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

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

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

HIST2110 - Approaches to History (6 units)

ASIA2307 - History of Empire in Asia (6 units)

ASIA3029 - Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflict in Asia (6 units)

ASIA1999 - The Origins of Political Order in Asia (6 units)

18 - 24 units from the completion of the following:

ASIA2516 - Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development (6 units)

ASIA2040 - The Making of Modern Korea (6 units)

ASIA2006 - Gender in Korean History (6 units)

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

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

MEAS2000 - Iranian History and Culture (6 units)

ASIA2041 - Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments (6 units)

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

ASIA2037 - History of Modern China (6 units)

ASIA2039 - Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis (6 units)

ASIA2045 - Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda (6 units)

ASIA2165 - Islam in Southeast Asia (6 units)

PASI2002 - Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries (6 units)

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

ASIA2167 - Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia (6 units)

WARS2004 - War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific (6 units)

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

ASIA2270 - India in the Age of Asian Empires: South Asian History to 1757 (6 units)

ASIA3272 - Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics (6 units)

ASIA2271 - The Making of South Asia (6 units)

ASIA2308 - Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

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

WARS2003 - The Korean War (6 units)

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

WARS2002 - The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989 (6 units)

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

HIST2136 - World at War, 1939-1945 (6 units)

MEAS2003 - Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture (6 units)

MEAS3006 - Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey (6 units)

HIST2141 - The Cold War: 1945-1989 (6 units)

HIST3007 - Making History (6 units)

HIST1215 - The Twentieth Century World (6 units)

HIST2241 - Global Aboriginal and Native Histories (6 units)

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