• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies

The current generation of students faces two rapid and dynamic trends: the rise of Asia as an economic and political powerhouse, and the digital revolution. 


New technologies are revolutionising audience expectations and creating opportunities for pioneering digital initiatives, and Asia is at the forefront of this revolution. Students will learn about a dynamic environment of ‘digital Asia’, harnessing the creative and participatory possibilities of today's Internet. This course will encourage critical reflection on the interlocking logistical, ethical, gendered, cultural and political considerations faced by Asian people on a daily basis. The developments in the region confirm that Asia literacy and digital literacy are two phenomena that are not distinct from each other, but in fact closely interrelated. 


This course will help prepare students for careers in the rapidly evolving digital spaces that are opening up in the Asian region and beyond. It will also provide a grounding of gender and culture as central to understanding how these digital spaces have evolved, and where they are heading next. 


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and explain current trends in digital technologies, and describe how they apply to gender and culture knowledge production.
  2. Analyse audience requirements in the Asia-Pacific's rapidly changing online gendered and cultural environment.
  3. Define a role within digital spaces that offers opportunities to work collaboratively at the cutting-edge of digital media production.
  4. Critically evaluate the success of digital technology activities, and how that relates to gender and cultural studies, with suggestions for the continuous improvement of such collaborative undertakings.
  5. Develop transferable skills in writing, sub-editing, editing and multimedia content analysis as well as the promotion of critical ideas across digital platforms.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 7 x 500 word written pieces (35) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. In-class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Discussant/presentation (in-class) (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Research essay 2000 words (35) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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3 hours seminar per week, 130 hours workload over the whole semester including independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed a minimum of 6 units from 2000- or 3000-level courses, or 24 units of ASIA coded courses, or 72 units of tertiary courses.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Digital Activism in Asia Reader 

Shah, Nishant.; Sneha, Puthiya Purayil.; Chattapadhyay, Sumandro.; Open Access Publishing in European Networks. 

Global Digital Cultures Perspectives from South Asia 

Michigan Publishing (University of Michigan), publisher.; Mohan, Sriram.; Punathambekar, Aswin. 

From Grassroots Activism to Disinformation: Social Media in Southeast Asia 

Sinpeng, Aim ; Tapsell, Ross 

Invisibility by Design : Women and Labor in Japan's Digital Economy. 

Lukács, Gabriella. 

The Chinese e-Merging Market: Digital China and Its Social Media Landscape 

Krokou, Danai 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3000 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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