• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Asian Studies More...
  • Major code NAST-MAJ

Northeast Asia is a region of enormous political, economic, and cultural significance. Containing the world’s second and third largest economies this dynamic region is in the midst of major transformations. As political, economic, and cultural developments in Northeast Asia have global implications, an understanding of the history of this region is of vital importance. Northeast Asian Studies offers a suite of courses covering the politics, histories, cultures, and societies of China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia and the Russian Far East. A Northeast Asian Studies major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in a region of vital significance to Australia and the world.

The Northeast Asian studies major is designed to complement the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese language majors and the Mongolian and Russian language minors, though knowledge of these languages is not required for courses in the Northeast Asian studies major.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped Northeast Asia.

  2. Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of Northeast Asia.

  3. Analyse current debates relating to regional cooperation and unity in the context of tensions in traditions.

  4. Analyse the global significance of events and developments in Northeast Asia.

  5. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Northeast Asia Studies has developed.  

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
  • International Security
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

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

ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change (6 units)

ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the compulsory following courses:

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

ASIA3033 Rethinking Northeast Asia: Region, Culture and Society (6 units)

A minimum of 18 units from the completion of core courses focused on Northeast Asia from the following list:

ASIA2003 Chinese Literature(6 units)

ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History (6 units)

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

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

ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History (6 units)

ASIA2026 The Politics of China (6 units)

ASIA2031 Japanese Politics (6 units)

ASIA2037 History of Modern China (6 units)

ASIA2040 The Making of Modern Korea (6 units)

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

ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea (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)

ASIA2084 Study Tour: Modern Mongolia - Challenges to the Environment, Economy and Empire (6 units)

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

ASIA2203 Archaeology of China (6 units)

ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture (6 units)

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

ASIA3027 Issues in Japanese Policy in their global context (6 units)

ASIA3031 Creative Industries in Korea (6 units)

ASIA3034 The Contemporary Chinese World (6 units)

ASIA3040 Literary and Cultural Discourse in Modern Japan (6 units)

INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia (6 units)

INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula (6 units)

POLS2069 Politics in Russia (6 units)

WARS2003 The Korean War (6 units)

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

ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes (6 units)

ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia (6 units)

ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

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

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

ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia (6 units)

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

ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century (6 units)

ASIA3029 Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia (6 units)

INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia Pacific (6 units)

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