• 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):

ASIA1999 - The Origins of Political Order in Asia

ASIA2307 - History of Empire in Asia

ASIA3029 - Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflict in Asia

HIST2110 - Approaches to History

18 - 24 units from the completion of the following:

ASIA2006 - Gender in Korean History

ASIA2009 - The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond

ASIA2016 - The Mongol Empire in World History

ASIA2017 - History of International Relations in Northeast Asia

ASIA2037 - History of Modern China

ASIA2039 - Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis

ASIA2040 - The Making of Modern Korea

ASIA2041 - Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments

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

ASIA2045 - Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda

ASIA2165 - Islam in Southeast Asia

ASIA2167 - Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia

ASIA2270 - India Past and Present: The impact of pre-colonial history on India today

ASIA2271 - The Making of South Asia

ASIA2301 - Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific

ASIA2308 - Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA2516 - Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

ASIA3011 - Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan

ASIA3035 - Indonesia in the Malay World: Culture, Media and Everyday Life

ASIA3272 - Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics

MEAS2000 - Iranian History and Culture

PASI2002 - Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries

WARS2003 - The Korean War

WARS2004 - War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific

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

HIST2136 - World at War, 1939-1945

HIST2141 - The Cold War: 1945-1989

HIST3007 - Making History

MEAS2003 - Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture

MEAS3006 - Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey

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