Asian Studies

Asian Studies

Major

A major in Asian Studies requires 48 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000 level units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000 level units
(iii) 18 credit points of 3000 level units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units

Minor

A minor in Asian Studies requires 36 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000 level units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000 level units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000 level units

1000 level units of study

ASNS1101 Introduction to Chinese Civilisation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Classwork (20%), informal writing assignment(s), e.g., workbook (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), 2x1500wd Essays (25% and 35%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: No prior knowledge is assumed. All teaching and all assigned readings are in English.
A broad-ranging, chronologically-arranged introduction to Chinese civilisation from prehistory to recent times. Readings will include representative philosophical, literary and religious works in English translation. Social science perspectives will be introduced through lectures/tutorial readings on social history, kinship structure, modern change, etc. This unit of study will provide a foundation for more advanced work in Chinese studies.
ASNS1601 Introduction to Asian Cultures

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr virtual online lecture(s)/week, 1x1hr live session/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 3x330wds each online writing tasks (25%), 1x1000wd essay (25%), 1x2.5hr exam (40%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This introductory unit explores the histories and cultures of Asia across time, up to the modern era. The curriculum aims to provide both the essential knowledge and intellectual skills necessary for more advanced study of Asia, and to lay the groundwork for comparative investigation of trans-Asian phenomena. Topics and themes may include: religion, ritual, and philosophical thought; sacred kings and capitals; hierarchy and social order; family, kinship and gender systems; art, architecture, and archaeology.
ASNS1602 Asia: Past, Present, Future

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x2000wd exam (40%), 1x500wd tutorial writing task (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit looks at Asia's past, present and future in a global perspective. It makes use of the new approaches of world history and big history, and moves along large spatial and temporal scales. This unit prepares students to make sense of specific Asia-related subjects offered in more advanced units of study. In doing so, we will also examine some of the challenges Asia is facing today and think about Asia's place in our increasingly globalised world.
CHNS1601 Understanding Contemporary China

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: ASNS1101 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1xin-class test (30%), 1xClass presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces key topics essential to understanding contemporary Chinese society and culture, including geography and environment, recent social and political change, art, literature and cultural practice, population and economic structure, education systems and issues of gender and sexuality. As a foundational unit in Chinese studies, it assumes no background knowledge of China or the Chinese language. It will be taught in English with an interdisciplinary approach.

2000 level units of study

ASNS2010 Buddhism in East Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr Lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Table A Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1xquiz (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the history and development of Buddhism in East Asia, namely, China, Korea, and Japan, from its introduction at the beginning of the Common Era to modern times. The unit will focus on several of the most important and distinctive forms of Buddhism in East Asia, such as Tiantai/Tendai, Pure Land and Chan/Zen Buddhism, and the issues and themes that are common to them. Particular attention will be paid to notions of liberation, developments in practice, and ritual forms. The unit will also investigate Buddhism's relationship with the state in these countries.
ASNS2011 A Survey of Buddhism

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies Prohibitions: BDST1602 Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (500wd equivalent)(15%), 1xquiz (500wd equivalent)(15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1500wd exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides a survey of the major issues and developments in Buddhism's 2500 year history from its beginnings in India to subsequent developments in other parts of Asia, such as Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, and its transmission to the West in the modern era. Students will be introduced to Buddhist thought, practices, literature, and artistic expressions, as well as academic approaches to the study of Buddhism.
ASNS2613 Chinese Thought

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Prohibitions: CHNS3641 Assessment: 1x750wd Essay proposal (15%), 1x750wd Oral Presentation (15%), 1x2000wd Research essay (40%), 1x1000wd mid semester test (20%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit offers students the opportunity to explore China's major traditions of philosophy and practice through English translations of key texts as well as authoritative secondary studies. The main foci of the unit include the following major areas: diversity and polemics in early Chinese thought, developments in Daoism, Buddhist thought and influence, and Neo-Confucian (Daoxue) thought.
ASNS2618 Remaking Chinese Society, 1949-Present

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Prohibitions: ASNS2118 Assumed knowledge: Students with no prior knowledge of modern Chinese history are encouraged to read an introductory textbook (e.g., Edwin E. Moise. Modern China: A History. Second edition. Longman, 1994) before the start of the semester. Assessment: 1x1000wd presentation (20%), 1x1000wd short Essay (20%), 3x Quiz equivalent to 500wd in total (20%), 1x2000wd final Essay (30%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The history of the People's Republic of China comprises two periods. In the Maoist era (1949-1978), the Communist-led government attempted to build a centrally planned, socialist society in which politics dominated people's daily lives. In the post-Mao era (since 1978), by contrast, the socialist institutions have largely been dismantled in pursuit of a market-based alternative. This unit of study explores key social, political, cultural and economic features of both periods and analyses the problems and paradoxes of transition.
Textbooks
Maurice Meisner. Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic. Third edition. New York: Free Press, 1999.
ASNS2621 Buddhist Philosophy

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Winter Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Table A Prohibitions: : ASNS2313 Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1xquiz (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will approach the core ideas of Buddhism on suffering, impermanence, non-self and interdependence in a systematic fashion and explore the implications for the Buddhist understanding of ontology (theory of being) and epistemology (theory of knowledge). The connection between philosophical ideas and the Buddhist path will be explored in relation to ethics, meditation and the cultivation of insight and wisdom. The connections between Buddhist philosophy and modern and postmodern Western philosophy will also be explored.
ASNS2625 Buddhism in Modern Asia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Allon Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1xquiz (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the diversity and continued dynamism of Buddhism in modern Asia. The focus of the unit is social, cultural and political with an emphasis on the way Buddhism is influencing Asian societies and is, in turn, influenced by them. Buddhism's encounter with modernity and its role in the nation state, in lay and environmental movements and its influence on social and political discourses and practices will be examined.
ASNS2626 Religious Traditions of South Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points from Table A Prohibitions: RLST2003 Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (40%),Tutorial paper and presentation equivalent to 1000wds (25%), exam (30%), Tutorial participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces themes in South Asian religions from the Indus Valley Civilisation onward. Attention is paid to the social and cultural contexts in which Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism emerged. Goddess traditions are discussed, as are concepts such as tantra, yoga and meditation, karma and rebirth and dharma. Texts such as Bhagavat Gita are also introduced. A focus will be on the implications of Classical India for an understanding of contemporary Asian cultures, particularly those of South and Southeast Asia.
ASNS2627 India, China, Tibet: Cultural Relations

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Assessment: 1x2500wd major Essay (35%), 1xtutorial paper and presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (30%), media file (equivalent to 1000wds) (30%), class participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
While India and China emerge as present-day superpowers, their historical inter-relations are not well known. This unit provides an overview of cultural interactions between Indian and Chinese civilisations, especially as these have shaped Tibetan cultural identity. A key focus is upon how pre-modern cultural interactions with India and China provide ideological contexts within which Tibetan religious and cultural traditions and political institutions developed. This is undertaken in order to understand interactions between all three cultures on the current global stage.
ASNS2631 Origins of Japanese Tradition

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Chinese Studies, Indonesian Studies, Sanskrit, History, Ancient History or International and Global Studies Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x1500wd Tutorial presentation (20%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
This unit explores the historical validity of key motifs of Japanese traditions. Through the liberal exploration of primary historical sources including texts, pictorial sources and material artifacts, students will learn of such diverse topics as early religion, imperial authority, the lives of the court and military elites (samurai), Zen monastic practice, medieval aesthetics, geisha, and the tea ceremony. By separating stereotype and cliche from history, we will attempt to construct a more sober yet ultimately more viable narrative of early Japanese history and culture.
ASNS2632 Modern Japanese Social History

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Table A Prohibitions: ASNS2308 Assessment: 1x500wd Tutorial presentation (5%), 1x750wd outline and bibliography (10%), 1x1500wd position or short research paper (20%), 1x750wd mid-term test (20%), 1x1hr Exam (35%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will begin with examination of social aspects of the Meiji reforms, evaluating interpretations of their aims and effects. The focus will then turn to the emergence of new social forces in the twentieth century, including industrial workers, an urban middle class and a women's movement. We will also explore changes in daily life and attitudes to work and leisure as urbanisation and industrialisation progressed and assess the effects of the Second World War and the Occupation.
ASNS2634 Samurai and Merchants: Tokugawa Japan

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level each in either Asian Studies or History Prohibitions: ASNS2304 Assessment: attendance and participation in tutorials (15%), tutorial writing tasks and essays (equivalent to 2500 words) (45%), 2 hour final exam (equivalent to 2000 words) (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) had a complex feudal structure articulated around the shogun, the feudal lords and their samurai retainers. It also had huge cities, birthplaces of some of the first modern ways of life. The tensions between the feudal framework and the embryonic modernity of Tokugawa society make a fascinating case study in the non-Western world of what is to be modern. To do so, we shall follow a cross disciplinary approach: history, politics, sociology, economy, religion, arts and literature.
ASNS2636 The Enigma of Japanese Power

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Table A Prohibitions: ASNS2306 or JPNS2316 Assessment: 1x, 2500wd equivalent tutorial writing tasks (45%), 1x2hr Final exam (40%), Tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The usual but contradictory descriptions of Japanese society (hierarchical but egalitarian, adaptable but conservative and traditional, consensual but authoritarian, etc.) show that "power" - manifest or hidden in decision making, consensus building, conflict resolution or avoidance - is the enigma of Japan. We will focus on power relationships in politics, administration, enterprises, families, schools, etc, survey the various explanations proposed to solve the enigma and, more generally, learn about the origins, forms and treatments of power and conflict relations.
ASNS2641 Traditional Korea

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Prohibitions: ASNS2501 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1500wd Examination (40%), 4x Weekly posts equivalent to 600wd in total (10%), 1xOral Presentation equivalent to 400wd (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims to introduce Korea's historical experience from antiquity to the early phase of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910). Topics include sources and historiography of early Korea; foundation myths and legends of the Three Korean Kingdoms; process of state formation and subsequent political developments; religious ideology, focusing on Buddhism; and cultural and social traditions of Korea from the 4th to the 15th century. These topics will enable students to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of Korean identity.
ASNS2642 Modern Korea

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Prohibitions: ASNS2502 Assessment: Tutorial presentation (20%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x2hr Final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to introduce some of the major issues in the history of Korea in the late 19th century and the last century. Topics include contradictions of the late Choson dynasty society; opening of Korea to the West and Japan and the attendant wave of reforms and rebellions; Japan's colonial rule; Korea's fight for freedom; liberation and division of Korea in 1945 and the subsequent process of nation-building in the two Koreas.
ASNS2660 Islam, Trade and Society-Arabia to SE Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) or (12 Junior credit points from History or 12 Junior credit points from Ancient History) or (12 Junior credit points of Indonesian Studies) Prohibitions: ASNS2402 Assessment: tutorial participation (15%), tutorial writing tasks and essays (equivalent to 2500wds), (45%), 1x2 hr final exam (40%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will examine the commercial, religious and cultural relations between the Islamic world of West Asia and Southeast Asia between the ninth century and the present day. Some attention will be paid to the role of India in these relationships. The unit of study will explore the development of Islamic commercial, political, religious and social ideas and practices, and examine the economic, political, religious and social conditions associated with the localisation of these ideas and practices in Southeast Asia.
ASNS2661 History of Modern Indonesia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (45%), 1x2hr Exam (45%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the history of Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, emphasizing the interaction between Islam, nationalism and democracy. The unit traces these forces impact on the formation of modern Indonesia from the late nineteenth century, highlighting the experience and legacy of colonialism, the independence struggle, and the rise and fall of military rule. Particular attention is given to changing notions of national identity, debates about the place of Islam in the polity and authoritarianism and democratisation.
ASNS2663 Social Activism in Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points each in any of Asian Studies, Indonesian Studies, Social Policy or Sociology Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial paper (10%), 1x1000wd essay portfolio (15%), 1x2000wd research essay (50%), 1x1000wd in-class test (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines country-specific and transnational social movements in Southeast Asia, including those focused on labour, women, the environment and identity. During the semester we will explore how these movements emerged, what they have sought to achieve, and how successful they have been in promoting social change in the Southeast Asian region. The unit adopts a multi-disciplinary approach based on contemporary case study material from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore.
ASNS2664 Southeast Asia Transformed

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week, 1x1hr mixed tutorial/online learning/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Table A Assessment: 1xresearch report (consisting of in-class presentation equivalent to 1000wds, (15%) and 2000wd write-up, (30%)(45% total) , 1x2000wd essay (45), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Social change in Southeast Asia involves shifts in relations of production and consumption. This unit examines these shifts first through tracing the colonial origins of present-day relations of production, and then through assessing the changes in social life since the 1950s. Important features of these changes include the decline of agriculture, the growth of new kinds of industry such as clothing production and tourism, and new patterns of consumption generated by the rise of middle-class lifestyles in the region.
ASNS2665 Understanding Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 26hr online instruction and activities/semester or 12hr online instruction and 14hr field-work activities. Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points Assessment: 5x200wd content quizzes (15%), 1x1000wd briefing paper (25%), 1x1500wd case study exercise (30%), 1x2500wd essay (30%) Mode of delivery: Online
This Unit of Study introduces Southeast Asia. It emphasises the importance of geographical, political, economic, social and cultural context to our understanding of complex real-world problems. Having gained insight into these aspects of contemporary Southeast Asia, students learn to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of challenges faced by the region such as economic and social inequality, environmental management, food security and urbanisation. Students will have a field-work option for this unit on application.
ASNS2670 Mass Media in East Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Table A Prohibitions: KRNS2600 or ASNS2600 Assessment: 1x1000wd tutorial paper (30%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2hr Final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to the media industry and policies in selected countries in East Asia, namely Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. In addressing the topics, the main features of media in the region are discussed and compared. The unit will be multi-disciplinary, covering various aspects of mass media in the region. These include the social and cultural role of the media, political and economic justification of state control, and implications of the emergence of new communication technologies.
ASNS2672 Japan in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Table A Assessment: 2x250wd quiz (10%), 1x2000wd essay (20%), 1x1500wd exam (40%), 1x500wd tutorial presentation (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit places the modern and contemporary history of Japan within its East Asian context. We will examine a number of key events and subjects pertaining to the relations between Japan, China and Korea. Doing so, we will touch sensitive and controversial topics, become aware of differing views of history prevalent in these countries, and understand why the historical question constitutes a major political issue in East Asia.
ASNS2677 Beyond the Geisha/Samurai Binary

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from (Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Indian Sub-continental Studies or International and Global Studies) Assessment: 3x 500wd In-class quizzes (30%), 1x1000wd Response paper (25%), 1x2000wd Research paper (35%), Tutorial presentation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Foreign perceptions of Japan cluster around two stereotypes: feminized images of elegance and submissiveness, epitomized by geisha, and hypermasculine images of violence, exemplified by samurai. A long tradition of gender subversion, cross-dressing, and androgyny in Japanese culture speaks for a more nuanced vision of masculinity and femininity. Throughout the unit, we will examine the formation and subversion of gender roles as they emerge in a variety of classical and contemporary Japanese fiction and nonfiction genres.
ANTH2601 The Ethnography of Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points each in either Anthropology or Asian Studies Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x350wd Seminar presentation (10%), 1x150wd map exercise (5%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Southeast Asia is a region of great geographic and cultural diversity, a meeting point for civilisational influences from India and China including the religions of Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. It is also the laboratory for much anthropological inquiry, attracting the attention of prominent anthropologists and social scientists, like Geertz and Anderson. This unit will examine Southeast Asia in historical and contemporary context, and give grounded ethnographic illustration to such issues as nationalism, cities, migration, political violence, environment and agriculture.
ARHT2645 Arts in Imperial China

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or 12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies Assessment: 1x750wd descriptive analysis exercise (15%), 1x1500wd comparative analysis exercise (30%), 1x2250wd research exercise (45%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the art, architecture and material culture of dynastic China (ca. 3000 BCE-1900), contextualizing works within the region's diverse social, political and cultural histories. The unit foregrounds focused interpretation of individual works through visual and material analysis.
CHNS2010 Buddhism and Chinese Culture

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Chinese Studies Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (500wd equivalent)(15%), 1xquiz(500wd equivalent)(15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1500wd exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the relationship between Buddhism and Chinese culture. Apart from investigating the transformation and domestication of Buddhism in China, it also examines the influence of Buddhism on various aspects of Chinese culture, such as Chinese religiosity, philosophy, language, literature, arts, politics, and every day cultural practices. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, it also reflects on the enduring effects of the interaction between Buddhism and these aspects of Chinese culture in modern times.
CHNS2011 Religion and Martial-Arts Fiction

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1xquiz (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces the modern genre of Chinese literature, the martial-arts fiction (wuxia xiaoshuo) and the role played by Chinese religion in shaping the features of the genre. With reference to works of the New School of martial-arts fiction, it investigates the religious contexts of martial-arts fiction, the impact of Chinese religious traditions on the genre, and the representation of traditional Chinese culture and spirituality in the modern world.
CHNS2613 Communication and Social Change in China

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies Assessment: 1xcase study presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the relationship between communication and social change in contemporary China, inclusive of mainland China, Hong Kong, and regional sites. Students will learn about selected major events and trends in Chinese societies. They will also learn about the use of communications, including new media, in selected major events. Theories that examine the consequences of communication on community development and democratic participation will be introduced.
CHNS2614 Understanding News About China

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points each in either Chinese Studies or Asian Studies Corequisites: CHNS1601 Assessment: 1x2000wd detailed research report (40%), 1x1500wd diary of news use with news digest (30%), 1x1000wd in-class news presentation (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit helps students understand China by analysing news and introducing the institutions and processes of news production in China and foreign countries. In addition to traditional news media, non-mainstream news sites will be introduced. Concepts used in news content analysis will be discussed to guide students to read news analytically and compare news produced by different media sites. Students will be expected to familiarise themselves with news about China on a regular basis, and to participate in class actively. No Chinese-language skill is required in the unit.
HSTY2638 Modern China's Wars, 1895-1953

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/wk Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points of History or 12 Junior credit points of Ancient History Assessment: 1x500wd Research Exercise and Commentary (10%), 1x2500wd Research Paper (40%), 1x1.5hr Exam (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Much of modern China's early twentieth century history was inevitably tied to war. Ranging from humiliating wars against foreign imperialism to the protracted domestic struggle between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, war became inextricably linked to ideas of nationhood and survival among the Chinese population at large. Through discussion of case studies between 1895 and 1953, this unit will consider the ways in which war shaped China's political, social and cultural history.
HSTY2640 Twentieth-Century China

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points each in either History or Asian Studies Prohibitions: HSTY3071 or HSTY3072 Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial paper (10%), 1x250wd research bibliography (5%), 1x250wd Essay outline (5%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In the 1920s, China was likened to a sleeping lion - one whose roar would shake the world when it awoke. This prediction has already proved true more than once. Why was China ever said to be "asleep"? How did a whole nation awaken, to what, and with what results? This unit of study traces the forces of nationalism and revolution through China's tumultuous twentieth century. We focus upon making sense, in Chinese terms, of events that outsiders have found baffling.
JPNS2670 Love and Death in Japanese Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: JPNS1124 or JPNS2222 or JPNS2612 or 12 credit points each at 1000 level in either Japanese Studies or in Asian Studies Prohibitions: JPNS3116 or JPNS3621 or JPNS2301 or JPNS3631 or JPNS3301 Assessment: 1x2hr Final exam (40%), 1x1000wd mid semester test (30%), 1xPresentation equivalent to 1000wds (10%), 1xOral Quiz equivalent to 1000wds (10%), 1x1000wd Essay (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims at fostering socio-cultural understanding and appreciation of Japanese literature by reading short stories. Students are expected to develop reading skills while enjoying the contents and contexts of the stories they read. The comprehension of Japanese literary texts enables students to gain an insight into the writers' themes and expressions and is relevant to contemporary life. English translations will be used in conjunction with Japanese material. Students are expected to develop a critical appreciation of Japanese literature with its social backgrounds.
JPNS2672 Japanese Media and Popular Culture

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: JPNS1124 or JPNS2222 or JPNS2612 Prohibitions: JPNS3106 or JPNS2301 or JPNS3621 or JPNS3301 or JPNS3631 Assessment: 2xclass quizzes (equivalent to 1000wds each) (34%), 1xresearch based project (equivalent to 2500wds) (41%), 1x1.5hr exam (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to explore the new Japan and its youth cultures and to guide students to understand and broaden their knowledge of changing aspects of Japanese culture and society. Topics from Japanese traditions through to contemporary popular culture will be analysed. Learning activities include reading media texts (e.g. newspaper articles), video analysis, discussion, research and video conferences. The unit also provides students with opportunities to pursue their interests and develop cultural knowledge and communication skills.

3000 level units of study

ASNS3001 Youth and Language in Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online unit equivalent to 2hr teaching per week (1x1hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week) Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Indonesian Studies Prohibitions: ASNS2001 Assessment: 10x 100wd online participation (20%), 1x 1000wd essay portfolio (20%), 1x 3000wd research assignment (40%), 1x equivalent to 1000wd oral presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This advanced unit explores key issues in the relationship between youth, language, and society in insular Southeast Asia. It equips students with the major theories and analytical tools for analysing youth language practices in a range of contexts and their relation to language use and cultural practices in wider society.
ASNS3002 Modern Japanese Social History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in History Assessment: 1x 1500wd essay (30%), 1x 2500wd exam (40%), 1x 500wd tutorial presentation (20%), x tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
You will learn the story of the changing life of the Japanese people since the mid-19th century until today: from the momentous Meiji reforms to the emergence of new social forces in the twentieth century; from the devastation of the Second World War to the trauma of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
ASNS3010 Tibetan Buddhism

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ASNS2011 or ASNS2621 or ASNS2625 or ASNS2626 or ASNS2627 Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (500wd equivalent)(10%), 1x1500wd written assignment (30%), 1x2500wd research essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focusses on Tibetan Buddhism under the aspects of history, philosophy, practice, culture and institutions. The unit will explore the transmission of Buddhism from India to Tibet and its development within Tibet to the present day. Tibetan presentation and development of Indian philosophical viewpoints will be investigated as will the diverse forms of Tibetan practice. The ways in which Buddhism shaped cultural forms and institutions in Tibet and was in turn shaped by them will also be examined.
ASNS3111 The Material Culture of Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr online content/week, 1x1hr live session/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from (Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Sanskrit or History or Ancient History or International and Global Studies or Art History) Assessment: 1x1000wd presentation (20%), 1x500wd caption exercise (15%), 1x1000wd mid-term test (25%), 1x2000wd final essay (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
The buildings, technologies, gardens, symbols, weapons and arts of Asia reveal much about the region's history and culture. This unit examines these and other material objects with the aim of exploring sweeping traits that tie Asian societies together into cohesive cultural streams indicative of shared religions, languages, and practices.
ASNS3616 Japanese Cinema and Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1 film screening/week (film viewing is mandatory but can be organised by students independently) Prerequisites: 6 Senior credit points in Asian Studies or 18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011 Prohibitions: JPNS3675 Assessment: 3x1200wd total film blog (20%), 1x900wd film review (15%), 1x2400wd film essay (40%), 1x1.5hr semester exam (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces you to the history of Japanese film production with a focus on theory, criticism, and reception. Films will be discussed according to themes and genres and read in their socio-political contexts. It provides an initiated understanding of one of the most important film traditions in an international perspective.
ASNS3618 Popular China

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Senior credit points of Asian Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 senior credit points of Anthropology) Assessment: 1x1000wd presentation (25%), 1x1000wd short Essay (25%), 1x500wd abstract and bibliography (10%), 1x2000wd final Essay (30%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces students to popular culture in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora. From film to television, from music to theatre, from print media to the Internet and from popular literature to visual arts, this unit explores popular Chinese culture as it is generated in Chinese societies and lived by Chinese people. It will cover a range of critical and theoretical perspectives to analyse these phenomena.
ASNS3619 China and Globalisation

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from (Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Sanskrit or History or Ancient History or International and Global Studies) Assessment: 1x1000wd writing assignment (25%), 1x1000wd class test (25%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
On the brink of disaster in 1989, China has since become a political and economic power in the world. This unit of study examines the impact of globalisation on China with respect to the multilateral movements of ideas, capital and people. It will explore recent political, economic and social change in China, focusing on responses to China's expanded engagement with the outside world. Due attention will be paid to China's changing relations with its Asian neighbours and with Western countries.
ASNS3670 Mass Media in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Korean Studies Prohibitions: ASNS2670, ASNS2600 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x 1000wd presentation with written work (20%), 1x 1500wd essay (30%), 1x 2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the media industry, processes, policies and practices in selected countries in East Asia, namely Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. It takes a comparative approach to explore political, social, cultural and technological factors that affect the development of media in this dynamic region. The unit covers various aspects of old and new media in the region, such as the historical development of media, state-media and corporate-media relationships, the transformation of media industries, technological convergence and its implications.
ASNS3690 Approaches to Research in Asian Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points in Asian Studies Prohibitions: CHNS3902 or INMS3902 or JPNS3902 or ASNS3902 Assessment: Classwork (20%), 1x3000wd research proposal (40%), 1xbibliographical exercise (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 1xpresentation based on draft proposal (10%), critical reviews or other Written assignments (equivalent to 2000wds) (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit gives students the opportunity to undertake broad background reading in theory and methodology relevant to Asian Studies. The unit trains students to discuss published work exemplifying a range of approaches to humanistic and/or social scientific research. It thus provides models on which students can draw in creating their own research proposal.
ARHT3646 Modern Art in East Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points in Art History Prohibitions: ARHT2646 Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x1000wd Visual Analysis (40%), 1x1000wd Oral Presentation and Paper (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit investigates key debates about the visual culture of East Asia in the early modern and modern eras. The impact of profound political and social changes on cultural identity will be explored in depth. We also consider the role of art in addressing evolving identities and increasing globalisation in the region.
ARHT3663 Gender and Sexuality in Asian Art History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/wk Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Art History Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x 500wd Visual Analysis Exercise (15%), 1x 1500wd Tutorial Presentation (25%), 1x 2500wd Final Research Paper (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit investigates issues of gender and sexuality in art, visual culture and art history in modern and contemporary Asia from the 19th century to the present. Students will explore women- and/or queer-centred histories of the production and reception of art, and the rise of feminist and queer art and art history in parts of Asia.
CHNS3111 Global Chinese Literatures

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1xhr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Chinese Studies or Asian Studies Assessment: 1x 1500wd in-class test (30%), 1x 1500wd essay (30%), 1x 1000wd tutorial project (20%), x class participation (10%), 1x 500wd essay proposal (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines a global range of Chinese-language literatures from the last forty years and from various regions of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the West, including Australia. Literary texts will be placed in social and political contexts.
CHNS3633 Stories for a Modern China

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points each in either Chinese Studies or Asian Studies or 6 Senior credit points in ICLS Assessment: 1x1500wd in-class test (30%), 1x500wd essay proposal (10%), 1x1000wd tutorial project (20%), 1x1500wd essay (30%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines a range of Chinese-language works of fiction, poetry, and drama in the Republican and early People's Republic, including works by key figures such as Lu Xun, Eileen Chang, and Lao She. Texts will be placed in the social and political context of the period, when literature was considered a key tool for the modernisation of China.
CHNS3639 Chinese Cinema

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week and 2-3 hours film screening Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points each in either Chinese Studies or Asian Studies Assessment: Classwork (10%), Oral Presentation plus written report of 500wds (30%), 1x1hr in-class test (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to the cinema of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We will view representative films of different periods and different regions, and read them within their historical and cultural context. We will explore how these films blend "traditional Chinese" and local elements -- plots, symbols, sound, music, performance styles and others -- with "modern" and "global" devices. We will also examine how Chinese cinema thus creates new definitions of Chinese identity and modernity.
GEOS3053 Southeast Asia Field School

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jeff Neilson Session: Intensive July Classes: 3 pre-departure classes during Semester 1, up to three weeks in-country intensive involving lectures, fieldwork and field-based methods training, readings and small group discussions Prerequisites: 6 credit points of Intermediate units of study in Geography. Prohibitions: GEOG3201 or GEOS3953 Assessment: Group participation, one consolidation report, one exam Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students must contact the unit coordinator no later than September in the year before taking this unit.
The unit of study can be taken only with prior permission from the unit of study coordinator. It constitutes a Field School run over a two to three week period in July, prior to the commencement of the second semester. In 2016, the Field School will be held in Indonesia. In other years it may be held in mainland Southeast Asia. The Field School focuses on three main themes; rural social, environmental and economic change; regional economic integration and its local effects; regional environmental change and natural resources governance. The Field School is run in close association with local universities, whose staff and students participate in some components of the course. Places are limited, and students interested in the 2016 Field School should indicate expression of interest to Dr Jeff Neilson by 26th September 2015.
GEOS3953 Southeast Asia Field School (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jeff Neilson Session: Intensive July Classes: 3 pre-departure classes during Semester 1, up to three weeks in-country intensive involving lectures, fieldwork and field-based methods training, readings and small group discussions Prerequisites: 6 credit points of Intermediate units of study in Geography. Prohibitions: GEOS3053 Assessment: Group participation, one consolidation report, one exam Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students must contact the unit coordinator no later than September in the year before taking this unit.
The unit of study can be taken only with prior permission from the unit of study coordinator. It constitutes a Field School run over a two to three week period in July, prior to the commencement of the second semester. In 2016, the Field School will be held in Indonesia. In other years it may be held in mainland Southeast Asia. The Field School focuses on three main themes; rural social, environmental and economic change; regional economic integration and its local effects; regional environmental change and natural resources governance. The Field School is run in close association with local universities, whose staff and students participate in some components of the course. Places are limited, and students interested in the 2016 Field School should indicate expression of interest to Dr Jeff Neilson by 26th September 2015.
INMS3607 Indonesia: The Challenges of Development

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: INMS3102 or INMS3602 Assessment: 10xweekly tasks (equivalent to 1000wd) (20%), 1xresearch presentation (equivalent to 1500wd) (30%), 1xEssay portfolio (equivalent to 500wd) (10%), 1xResearch essay (equivalent to 1500wd) (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is designed for native speakers, near native speakers and advanced learners of Indonesian. It is one of six advanced units offered on a rotating basis, which can be taken in any order. Drawing on English and Indonesian language academic publications and other Indonesian-language resources, students will engage in research, writing and scholarly discussion in Indonesian on economic and governance challenges Indonesia faces, in particular corruption and other forms of criminality, and their implications for ordinary Indonesians.
INMS3608 Indonesia in Search of Modernity

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture week, 1x2- hr seminar/week Prerequisites: INMS3102 or INMS3602 Assessment: 10xweekly tasks (equivalent to 1000wd) (20%), 1xresearch presentation (equivalent to 1500wd) (30%), 1xEssay portfolio (equivalent to 500wd) (10%), 1xResearch essay (equivalent to 1500wd) (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for native speakers, near native speakers and advanced learners of Indonesian. It is one of six advanced units offered on a rotating basis, which can be taken in any order. Drawing on English and Indonesian language academic publications and other Indonesian-language resources, students will engage in research, writing and scholarly discussion in Indonesian on the disruption of Indonesians' traditional relationships with their natural and social environment by urbanisation, globalisation and rapid technological transformation.
INMS3609 Indonesia's Slow Road to Democracy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vannessa Hearman Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: INMS3602 or INMS3102 Prohibitions: INMS3301 or INMS3302 Assessment: 10x weekly tasks (equivalent to 1000wd) (20%), 1x research presentation (equivalent to 1500wd) (30%), 1x essay portfolio (equivalent to 500wd) (10%), 1x research essay (equivalent to 1500wd) (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for native speakers, near native speakers and advanced learners of Indonesian. It is one of six advanced units offered on a rotating basis, which can be taken in any order. Drawing on English and Indonesian language academic publications and other Indonesian-language resources, students will engage in research, writing and scholarly discussion in Indonesian on Indonesia's political history and democratic transition, beginning with the tragic events of 1965.
Textbooks
Materials may be purchased from the University Copy Centre
INMS3610 Dealing with Indonesia's Diversity

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vannessa Hearman Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: INMS3602 or INMS3102 Prohibitions: INMS3302 Assessment: 10x weekly assessment tasks (equivalent to 2000wd) (40%), 2x15 minute oral assessments (equivalent to1000wd) (20%), 1x2000wd essay and portfolio (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for native speakers, near native speakers and advanced learners of Indonesian. It is one of six advanced units offered on a rotating basis, which can be taken in any order. Drawing on English and Indonesian language academic publications and other Indonesian-language resources, students will engage in research, writing and scholarly discussion on Indonesia's complex and diverse cultural heritage and contemporary cultural practice.
Textbooks
Materials may be purchased from the University Copy Centre
INMS3611 Autonomy and Human Rights in Indonesia

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vannessa Hearman Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: INMS3102 or INMS3602 Assessment: 10xweekly assessment tasks (equivalent to 2000wds) (40%), 2x15 minute oral assessments (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%) and 1x2000wd essay and portfolio (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
This unit is designed for native speakers, near native speakers and advanced learners of Indonesian. It is one of six advanced units offered on a rotating basis, which can be taken in any order. Drawing on English and Indonesian language academic publications and other Indonesian-language resources, students will engage in research, writing and scholarly discussion on Indonesia's human rights record and the impact of regional autonomy on Indonesia's ability to accommodate its citizens' civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights.
INMS3612 Enculturating the Indonesian Nation

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vannessa Hearman Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: INMS3102 or INMS3602 Assessment: 10xweekly tasks (equivalent to 1000wd) (20%),1xresearch presentation (equivalent to 1500wd) (30%),1xessay portfolio (equivalent to 500wd) (10%), 1xresearch essay (equivalent to 1500wd) (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for native speakers, near native speakers and advanced learners of Indonesian. It is one of six advanced units offered on a rotating basis, which can be taken in any order. Drawing on English and Indonesian language academic publications and other Indonesian-language resources, students will engage in research, writing and scholarly discussion on education, literature and film and their place in Indonesia's development as a nation.
JPNS3673 Japanese Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: JPNS2223 or JPNS1123 or JPNS2622 or JPNS1125 or 12 credit points each at 2000 level in either Japanese Studies or Asian Studies Prohibitions: JPNS3314 Assessment: continuous class assessment including class quizzes, tests, presentation and written assignments (equivalent to 5000wds) (83%), 1x1hr exam (17%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Is Japan a unique country? What are the similarities and differences between Japan, Australia and other countries? This unit of study offers students the opportunity to explore various aspects of contemporary Japanese society and culture through reading Japanese texts in the original, through group discussions, and through cross-cultural comparisons. Students will develop their own opinions on a range of social and cultural issues while improving their reading, analytical, and both oral and written communication skills.
JPNS3676 Monsters and Ghosts: Japanese Fantasy and SF

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Suter Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: JPNS1123 or JPNS1125 or JPNS2223 or JPNS2622 Assessment: 2x500wd in-class quizzes (2x8%), 1x1500wd presentation (25%), 1x1500wd essay (25%), 1x2000wd research project (34%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit of study will focus on fantasy and science fiction as means of representing the Other in modern Japanese literature and popular culture. Building on Tzvetan Todorov's definition of the fantastic as a hesitation between the realistic and the supernatural, it will analyse the way in which Japanese fantasy tackles issues of modernity, gender and cultural difference in a variety of genres and media, including the novel and short story, manga, anime and film, from the Meiji period to the present.
KRNS3670 Korea in Literature and Popular Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 26hrs online instruction and activities per semester Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points in Korean Studies or (6 Senior credit points in Korean Studies and ICLS2111) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Korean Studies Assessment: 6x Online Participation Tasks (1000wd in total) (20%), 1x 1000wd Oral Presentation (10%), 1x 2000wd Research Assignment (30%), 1x 2000wd Final Exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit explores Korean culture through literature and popular media. It aims to familiarise students with some of the key literary works, journal essays, and films about the everyday life in Korea from the 1920s to the present. Through the surveys of literary and cinematic representations of diverse eras, students will also learn about different historical and social contexts underlying such works. Course materials include literatures and films about proletarian culture, urban life, wars, golden age melodrama, women's lives, and so on.
KRNS3675 Contemporary Korean Society and Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Senior credit points in Korean Studies) or (6 Senior credit points in Korean Studies and 6 Senior credit points in Asian Studies) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Korean Studies Prohibitions: KRNS2500 or KRNS2675 Assessment: 10xOnline assignments equivalent to 750wds total (10%), Tutorial participation (5%), 1x750wd Oral Presentation (15%), 1x2000wd major Essay (40%), 1x1000wd written test (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides broad and interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary Korean society and culture. The unit examines significant events - wars and violence, democratization, and economic reform - in contemporary Korea that have brought the major changes in the society, and explores how these events have affected Korean society and culture. Major topics to be covered include gender, multiculturalism, youth and pop culture, the Korean Wave, language change, and North Korea. In addressing the topics, the students will utilize authentic Korean language materials.

Interdisciplinary Project unit of study

FASS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr lecture/performance event week for 5 weeks 2hr workshop per week for 10 weeks 2hr online learning modules for 5 weeks Prerequisites: 18 credit points at 2000 level Assessment: 1x 2000 wds equivalent Mapping knowledge exercise (30%), 1x 10 minutes Collaborative Presentation (30%), 1x 2000 wds equivalent Critical reflection essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.

Honours

Honours in Asian Studies requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level selective seminar units
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level Honours Thesis units

Honours seminar units

ASNS4113 Theory and Methods in Asian Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 1500wd commentary piece (25%), 1x 1500wd presentation (25%), 1x 3000wd research paper (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine how major shifts in research questions, directions, approaches and assumptions that have happened in social sciences during the twentieth century have played out in the field of Asian Studies. Students will critically analyse the circumstances and reasons for the emergence of the discipline of Area Studies, and its specific application to the study of Asian societies. In both seminar discussion and individual projects, students will engage in case studies from their respective areas of expertise, namely Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean studies.
ASNS4114 Engaging Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Intensive over one month, equivalent to weekly 1x2hr seminar over a semester. Assessment: 1x 500wd annotated bibliography (10%), 1x 500wd magazine article (10%), 1x 10 minute video talk (20%), 1x 4500wd essay (50%), Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit investigates the role of Asian Studies experts as public intellectuals in Australia and in the world. Students will reflect on issues of intellectual freedom and integrity, institutional pressures and public engagement as they relate to the communication of research findings to a range of academic and non academic audiences and across a range of different media. In both seminar discussion and individual projects, students will engage in case studies from their respective areas of expertise, namely Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean studies.

Honours thesis units

ASNS4111 Asian Studies Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you begin a substantial, independent research project in Asian Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Asian Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will develop a plan for researching and writing the thesis, submit an ethics application if appropriate, familiarise yourself with disciplinary conventions and standards, engage with relevant literature, theories and methodologies, and submit drafts at agreed times.
ASNS4112 Asian Studies Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Assessment: 1x 18-20000wd Thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you complete and submit your substantial, independent research project in Asian Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Asian Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will continue to submit drafts at agreed times, and develop your expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of your specialist topic.

Advanced coursework

The requirements for advanced coursework in Asian Studies are described in the degree resolutions for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies
24-36 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2019.