• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Asian 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 can reveal key transformations at work. The Major thus 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 promote critical thinking on 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 show critical thinking on issues faced in Asia and the Pacific, using both scholarly and applied approaches;
  3. Develop and apply critical thinking skills to enable reflection on the cross-cultural processes and multidisciplinary 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;
  5. Collaborate effectively with others through processes designed to promote relationship-building, creative experimentation, time management, and self-reflection.
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The Asian and Pacific Culture, Media, and Gender Major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include

12 units from the following courses

ASIA2311 / GEND2001 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA3032 Digital Asia: Technology and Society

A minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 18 units from the following advanced courses:

ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 

ASIA3031 Cultures in Korean Society

ASIA3039 Research Project in Asian and Pacific Studies

PASI3002 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific

PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School

PASI3012 Readings in Indigenous Studies

A maximum of 24 units of Asian and Pacific Culture, Media, and Gender Studies courses from the following list:

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

ASIA2088 Culture and Environment in Indonesia

ASIA2099 Social Power in China: Family to Family-State

ASIA2112 Special Topics in Asian and Pacific Studies

ASIA2116 India's Culture Wars

HUMN2004 Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration

INTR3002 Global Governance in the Asia-Pacific

A maximum 12 units of advanced language courses focusing on Asian and Pacific Culture, Media, and Gender from the following list:

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

FREN3108 Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film

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

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