This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.
We are being lied to at every turn. Our perceptions of the world are manipulated and things that matter to us are decided behind a veil of secrecy. At the same time, accusations of lying, 'false news' and conspiracy undermine social trust. Drawing especially from examples in and about Asia, this course examines how and why lies are constructed, why we believe them (and why we often want to believe them) and how we can use investigative techniques to get closer to the truth. This course utilises a historical approach combined with contemporary examples to understand the role of lies, conspiracy, and propaganda.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand and evaluate the characteristics of public deception, including common forms of lying, techniques for manipulation and the circumstances in which deception is attempted
- critically analyse the impact of culture and of political circumstance on patterns of deception and credulity
- undertake source-critical research aimed at better determining the reliability of information
- demonstrate the most important elements of good writing and presentation practice
- engage effectively in high-level argument and debate
- Five small writing tasks prepared for class (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Oral Presentation (rehearsal 5%, written summary and bibliog 5%, presentation 10%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research essay (40) [LO 3,4]
- Document study and round-table discussion (30) [LO 3,4,5]
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One three-hour block per week, including lecture, discussion, practical activities and student presentations. May alternatively be taught semi-intensively (Friday evenings, all day Saturday) on four weekends.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Frances Wood, Did Marco Polo go to China? New York: Westview Press, 1998
Stephan, John T., ‘The Tanaka Memorial (1927): Authentic or Spurious?’, Modern Asian Studies 7 no 4 (1973) pp. 733-745.
Horace Freeland Judson, The great betrayal: fraud in science Orlando: Harcourt, 2004
LaFollette, Marcel C., Stealing into print: fraud, plagiarism, and misconduct in scientific publishing Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992
Brunvand, Jan Harold, The vanishing hitchhiker: American urban legends and their meanings New York: Norton, 1981
Georges Lefebvre, The great fear of 1789: Rural panic in revolutionary France New York: Schocken Books, 1989.
James Siegel, ""'I was not there, but...',"" Archipel 46 (1993), pp. 59-65
Chalmers, What is this thing called science?
Michael Shermer, Why people believe weird things (New York: Holt & Co. 2002)
John Roosa, Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement & Suharto's Coup D'État in Indonesia, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007
Robert Cribb, 'Genocide in Indonesia, 1965-1966', Journal of Genocide Research 3 no. 2 (June 2001), pp. 219–239
Daniel Pipes, The Hidden Hand: Middle Eastern Fears of Conspiracy. by New York: St. Martin's Press 1998.
Burhanuddin, ‘The Conspiracy of Jews: The Quest for Anti-Semitism in Media Dakwah’ Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies 5, Number 2, August 2007 http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/sites/index.cfm?P=11338
Kruger, Rayne The devil's discus (London: Cassell, 1964)
Stowe, Judith A, Siam becomes Thailand: a story of intrigue (London: Hurst, 1991)
Teiwes, Frederick C., The tragedy of Lin Biao: riding the tiger during the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1971 Bathurst, NSW: Crawford House Pub., 1996
Lynch, Daniel C. After the Propaganda State: Media, Politics, and ""Thought Work"" in Reformed China. Stanford: Stanford U. Pr., 1999. Desser, David. ‚From the Opium War to the Pacific War: Japanese Propaganda Films of World War II’ Film History [Australia] 1995 7(1): 32-48.
Larry Tye, The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and The Birth of Public Relations
Anthony Rhodes, Propaganda: The art of persuasion: World War II,
John W. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War
Landsberger, Stefan, Chinese propaganda posters: from revolution to modernization Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1995
Lynch, Daniel C. After the propaganda state: media, politics, and ""thought work"" in reformed China Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999.
Cheek, Timothy, Propaganda and culture in Mao's China: Deng Tuo and the intelligentsia Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997.
Gavin Menzies, 1421: the year China discovered the world London: Bantam, 2002
Rivers, P. J. ‘1421’ voyages: fact & fantasy Ipoh: Perak Academy, 2004
Wakabayashi, Bob Tadashi , ‘The Nanking 100-Man Killing Contest Debate: War Guilt Amid Fabricated Illusions, 1971–75’, Journal of Japanese Studies 26 no 2 (2000), 307–340
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