• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code ACMG-MAJ
Asian and Pacific Culture, Media and Gender Major

This major investigates everyday power in Asia and the Pacific through a focus on gender, media and culture. Using critical concepts from a range of disciplines, students uncover how gender norms, changing media landscapes, and creative practices influence political debates and public cultures. Exploring how concepts of gender in Asia and the Pacific may differ from conventional Western views, this major analyses how ideas about gender shape justice, equality, social status and leadership in different societies. Especially in situations when top-down political change may be limited, worlds of creative expression and everyday technology reveal key transformations at work. The major analyses how vibrant Asian and Pacific popular cultures and media spread social norms, challenge established authorities, and imagine new futures. Through analytical, practice-based and creative approaches, this major gives students crucial tools to understand the politics of everyday life in Asia and the Pacific.  

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a nuanced and self-reflective understanding of theories of gender, media and culture, especially in the context of Asian and Pacific societies;

  2. Apply the conceptual vocabulary of gender, media and cultural studies to analyse critical issues and problems in Asia and the Pacific, using both scholarly and applied approaches;

  3. Reflect on the cross-cultural processes and interdisciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about gender, media and culture in Asia and the Pacific has developed;

  4. Communicate complex ideas in writing, speech, and multimedia, justifying methods and approaches as appropriate.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

24 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ASIA2311 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA3032 Digital Asia: Technology and Society

GEND1001 Sex, Gender and Identity: An Introduction to Gender Studies

GEND1002 Reading Popular Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Studies

A minimum of 18 units from the completion of Asian and Pacific culture, media and gender studies courses from the following list:

ARTH2104 Asian Art In-Country

ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History

ASIA2014 China: Language, Discourse, and Political Culture

ASIA2058 Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film and the Visual Arts

ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture

ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia

ASIA2099 Social Power in China: Family and Connections

ASIA2116 India's Culture Wars

ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture

ASIA3031 Creative Industries in Korea

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

HUMN2004 Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration

INTR3002 Global Governance in the Asia-Pacific

PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World

PASI3002 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific

PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of contextual, applied, research, or advanced language courses from the following list:

ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA2112 Special Topics in Asian and Pacific Studies

ASIA2120 Colonialism and the Rule of Law

ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives

ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives

ASIA3029 Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflict in Asia

ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories

ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages

CHIN3024 Advanced Modern Chinese A

CHIN3025 Advanced Modern Chinese B

CHST3211 Reading China: Past and Present

CHST3212 Reading Chinese Literature: Theory and Criticism

DESN2007 Design Fiction: Speculative and Critical Design

FREN3108 Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film

GEND2035 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

JPNS3005 Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan

JPNS3006 Advanced Japanese: Language in Context

JPNS3007 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society

JPNS3008 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature

KORE3015 Advanced Korean: Film and Society

KORE3018 Advanced Korean: Literature and Media

PASI3012 Readings in Indigenous Studies

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