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Department of Asian Studies

Equipping you for the next century
Understanding the Asian region is vital to the future. We offer insights into the traditions, modern cultures and contemporary societies of Asia.

Australia today is more deeply connected with Asia than ever before – through immigration, tourism, culture, commerce and trade, and strategic alliances. As our lives are increasingly influenced by the economies and cultures of Asia, it is important to develop cultural and social understanding of this emerging global leader.

Our wide-ranging research and teaching focuses on traditional cultures, philosophies, religion and the full span of Asian History, as well as issues in modern and contemporary Asian societies. We cover the social, political and cultural developments and trends with expertise from the Departments of Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese and Indian Subcontinental Studies.

We examine ethnicity and the movement of peoples; religions and belief systems; and the economic and political relationships between Asia and other parts of the world. We also look at key movements and effects of the 20th and 21st centuries, such as nationalism, revolution, military rule, democracy and popular culture including manga and K-Pop.

Our study offering

In the Asian Century, the task of understanding this region is of vital importance. Asian Studies will help you develop a critical insight into the world of Asia by exploring the most important cultural, historical, social and political trends and issues in relation to China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and South Asia.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research

Our research

Our strengths in research cover the following areas:

  • Mass media
  • Religion
  • Ancient philosophy
  • State and society
  • Asian languages
  • Literature
  • History

Exchange

Our students can also apply to study for a semester overseas at one of several universities that have exchange agreements with Sydney, with credit points gained at these universities counting towards their degree. The University of Sydney holds several agreements with universities in Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Learn more: Study abroad and student exchange

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Events

Visit the School's Events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.


World Literatures and the Global South Conference

23–25 August 2019

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.

This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation – giving equal billing to streams in English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Indonesian/Malay and Spanish.

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Department Chair (Acting)

Profile shot of Dr Su-Kyoung Hwang

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