• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies More...
  • Minor code APAN-MIN

Asian and Pacific Anthropology is paramount to understanding the seismic transformations in the region and globally. The Asia-Pacific region brings fresh insights to anthropological inquiry, illuminating processes of social transformation, technological innovation, governance and religious traditions. This minor covers key debates that are central to the changing social and cultural landscapes of Asia and the Pacific with a specialist focus on social ideologies, political institutions and everyday practices. It brings to life the ongoing struggles of the region with regards to modernity and exclusion, environmental change, development, technology, and the enduring cultural traditions across Asia and the Pacific. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped relationships between people, places and cultures of Asia and the Pacific.

  2. Identify and critique contemporary cultural practices mediated by local and global forces, such as migration patterns, religious systems, mass media, environmental traditions and development discourse.

  3. Analyse current debates relating to ethnographic methods, including both fieldwork and ethnographic writing in the context of colonial and postcolonial states.

  4. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Asian and Pacific ethnology has developed, along with wider processes of development, globalization and modernization in Asia and the Pacific in a comparative perspective.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses: 

ANTH1003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality 

ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH2009 Culture and Development 

ANTH2067 Doing Ethnography: Practicum and Applied Anthropology

ANTH2129 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood

ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments

ASIA2039 Burma/Myanmar: A Country in Crisis

ASIA2099 Social Power in China: Family and Connections

ASIA2112 Special Topics in Asian and Pacific Studies*

ASIA2167 Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia

ASIA2747 Airlines in Asia and the Pacific: Histories, Technologies, Cultures, and Geographies

*The course topic needs to be relevant to anthropology to count towards this minor. 

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