• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Hsiao-chun Hung
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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This course will explore various facets of Taiwan's history and culture, spanning from the prehistoric era (Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Iron Age) to the present day. It will examine the significant events across different periods, encompassing the Dutch (1624–1662), Spanish (1626-1642), Zheng (Koxinga) (1662-1683), Qing (1683-1895), Japanese (1895–1945), and finally, the Republic of China in Taiwan (1945~). The course covers a wide array of topics, including populations and identities, social and political histories, religious and festive traditions, visual and performing arts, and their contemporary significance. Through this exploration, we aim to encourage new perspectives and discussions about Taiwan's role within the East Asian community and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe important issues in the history and culture of Taiwan; 
  2. Apply theoretical and historical knowledge with empirical examples;
  3. Identify, summarise, compare, and contextualise information from a wide variety of sources;
  4. Work in cooperative groups on key issues to do with the history and culture of Taiwan and to communicate findings to others;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to develop a term project examining issues in the history and culture of Taiwan.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Oral presentation (25 mins) (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Mid-term examination (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Major essay (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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 This course requires 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses. This course is incompatible with ASIA6072.

Prescribed Texts




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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8672 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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