Asian Studies Program

In the Asian Century, understanding the region is vital to the future. You need to understand the civilizational traditions, as well as the modern culture and society.

The Asian Studies program gives you that insight. Taught by members of the Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese, Indian Subcontinental Studies departments, the program covers major cultural, historical, social and political trends and issues.

Our students learn about ethnicity and the movement of peoples; religions and belief systems; and the economic and political relationships between Asia and other parts of the world. You will also study developments and movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and their effects, such as nationalism, revolution, military rule and democracy; and popular culture, including topics such as manga and K-Pop.

Latest News

  • Professor Adrian Vickers receives Queensland Literary Award

    The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labour and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network, by Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers, has won the 2016 University of Southern Queensland History Book Award. The QLD Literary Awards were set up to recognise outstanding writing.

  • Positions available for Sessional Tutors

     The School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) currently has opportunities available for sessional tutors. We are looking for motivated teaching staff who are interested in casual work during semester. Our School offers the widest range of language and culture studies in Australia. As a sessional tutor at the University of Sydney you will have the chance to work alongside world class academics. See the selection criteria for more information.