Master of Asian Studies (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

The Master of Asian Studies (MAS) equips students in the issues crucial to understanding and engaging with the region, with the option of focusing on business and management, politics and contemporary sociocultural debates.

Graduates of the Master of Asian Studies are able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the historical, cultural and political landscape that shapes and informs contemporary Asia and the skill set to apply this in their professional and personal engagements with the region. In addition to this, the degree offers a number of specialisation possibilities to facilitate career development and professional opportunities in government, education, business and the NGO sector, as well as being attractive to employees of international organisations.

MAS also provides an opportunity for those already based in Asia, or who have significant Asia expertise to broaden their existing knowledge base by combining their degree with a specialisation in International Relations or Business at UWA.

This course is suitable to those who have a first degree in other disciplines, or work experience in industry and wish to develop Asia expertise with the option to acquire or develop skills in one of the Asian languages taught at UWA.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Asian Studies (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MAS
Course code
12580
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
093277A

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Asian Studies (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: n/a.
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Laura Dales and Associate Professor Joanna Elfving-Hwang
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a relevant major as recognised by the Faculty must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up
to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSASIA5001Key Debates in the Asian Region
NSASIA5002Critical Cultural Engagement with Asia
NSASIA5003Advanced Critical Thinking in Asian Studies

For students in course by coursework only take units to the value of 30 points from Group A and B (maximum value of 12 points from Group B).

For students in course by coursework and dissertation take units to the value of 6 points from either Group A or B and all units from Group C (24 points).

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1COMM5702Digital Media: Theory and Practice
S2COMM5704Global Media and Cross-cultural Communication
NSHERI5105Heritage and Development in Asia
NSPOLS5684China and the World
S2SOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
NSSOCS5005Social Research Ethics
NSSOCS5013Gender in Development: Approaches and Issues
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 credit points in the Master of International Journalism or Master of International Relations or Master of Strategic Communication or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication or Master of Heritage Studies or Master of Professional Archaeology or Master of International Development or double award Master of International Law and Master of International Relations or Master of Public Policy or Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies or Master of Asian Studies
S1TRNS5106Advanced Language Study (Chinese) 1
Prerequisites:
Native or near-native competency in both English and Chinese.
S2TRNS5107Advanced Language Study (Chinese) 2
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSCHIN5001Chinese for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
CHIN1401 Chinese 1
NSCHIN5002Chinese for Professionals 2
Prerequisites:
CHIN5001 Chinese for Professionals 1 or equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
CHIN1402 Chinese 2
NSINDO5001Indonesian for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
INDO1401 Indonesian 1
NSINDO5002Indonesian for Professionals 2
Prerequisites:
INDO5001 Indonesian for Professionals 1 or equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
INDO1402 Indonesian 2
NSJAPN5001Japanese for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
JAPN1401 Japanese 1
NSJAPN5002Japanese for Professionals 2
Prerequisites:
JAPN5001 Japanese for Professionals 1 or equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
JAPN1402 Japanese 2
NSKORE5001Korean for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
KORE1401 Korean 1
NSKORE5002Korean for Professionals 2
Incompatibility:
KORE1402 Korean 2
Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
S1, S2SOCS5551Master's Dissertation 1
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
S1, S2SOCS5552Master's Dissertation 2
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
S1, S2SOCS5553Master's Dissertation 3
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.

Business specialisation

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
Incompatibility:
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
S1, S2MKTG5561Marketing Management
Incompatibility:
MKTG5550 Marketing Principles

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting, ACCT5602 Accounting
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
Incompatibility:
MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making

Chinese Law specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSLAWS5210Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context
NSLAWS5211Intellectual Property and China's Innovation-based Economy
NSLAWS5212China–Australia Relations: Trade, Investment and Law
NSLAWS5213Practical Issues with Chinese Contracts and Commercial Laws

Politics specialisation

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPOLS5631International Relations of the Asia–Pacific
Incompatibility:
POLS8603 International Relations in the Asia–Pacific Region; POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers; POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
NSPOLS5651Global Political Economy
Incompatibility:
POLS8605 States and International Political Economy; POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPOLS5501Public Policy
NSPOLS5503Public Administration
NSPOLS5672Global Development Debates
N/APOLS5685Security and Crisis in the Asia–Pacific
Incompatibility:
POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific and POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a relevant major;

or

(b) (i) a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies or Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 12580 Master of Asian Studies (96 points)
  • 13280 Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (24 points)
  • 13380 Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Asian Studies course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a relevant major as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and who have been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(3) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who have previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fail again to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Credit

13. The Faculty may grant credit towards the Master of Asian Studies course for units up to a total value of 24 points in the case of students who have completed an honours degree in a cognate discipline as recognised by the Faculty.