• 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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Requirements

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)

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6
HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2009 The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2044 Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) 6
ASIA2037 History of Modern China 6
ASIA2040 The Making of Modern Korea 6
ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
  ASIA 2066: The Chinese Art of War
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
  ASIA 2085: Southeast Asian History
  ASIA 2163: Rels & Pols: South Asia
ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2167 Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2203 Archaeology of China 6
ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture 6
  ASIA 2367: Foundations Chin Stud B
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
  ASIA 3002: Chinese Sthern Diaspora
  ASIA 3006: Prac Assign in Asia Pacific
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
  ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
  ASIA 3025: Tibet and China
  ASIA 3028: Indonesia 1940-1950
ASIA3030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia 6
HIST2110 Approaches to History 6
HIST2133 Race and Racism in Western Culture, c.1450–1950 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
  HIST 2139: Researching & Writing History
  HIST 2225: Environmental History
MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture 6
  MEAS 2002: Turkish History
MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture 6
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
WARS2004 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
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