• 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, Gender Studies, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Shameem Black
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course investigates how gender and culture underpin everyday power in Asia and the Pacific. Students will be introduced to key interdisciplinary tools and approaches from the field of gender and cultural studies. Considering how these ideas have been theorised in Asian and Pacific contexts as well as in Western ones, the course engages in debates about feminism, imperialism and decolonisation, systems of gendered violence, same-sex sexualities, changing masculinities, and cross-cultural encounters. The course investigates how gender and culture inform the soft power strategies of national governments, the political and social norms underpinning health and medicine, and the ways Asian and Pacific societies face and respond to environmental crisis. A distinctive feature of this course is that students are asked to apply their conceptual understandings of gender and cultural studies in innovative ways through multimedia projects (no prior experience needed). Through analytical, practice-based and creative assessments, students will gain crucial tools to engage with the politics of everyday life in Asia and the Pacific. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and evaluate interdisciplinary theories and approaches in gender and cultural studies;
  2. Apply the conceptual vocabulary of gender and cultural studies to analyse critical issues in Asia and the Pacific;
  3. Reflect on the cross-cultural processes and interdisciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about gender 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. Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in the study of gender and culture in Asia and the Pacific.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Digital Learning Journal (10) [LO 2,3,5]
  3. Research Essay (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Group Smartphone Application Prototype (no coding or experience required) (25) [LO 2,3,4]
  5. Reflective Essay (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on Wattle. 

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Pacific Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies


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

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3642 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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