Asian Studies major

Asia is home to two-thirds of the world's population and some of the most dynamic and fascinating societies on the planet. It is also an economic powerhouse vital to Australia's future prosperity and security. But what do we really know about the region in which we live? Asian Studies introduces you to the many cultures, societies and politics of Asia including China, Indonesia and Japan. It explores the impact of the great religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam and investigates the dramatic changes that colonialism and revolutions have brought to the people of the region. Students develop critical knowledge of contemporary Asia and the social, cultural, political and economic forces which are shaping modern societies in the region. This major sees students examine topics as diverse as popular culture, gender relations, environmental issues, political transformations, the media and Australia's relations with the region. The Asian Studies major does not require you to learn an Asian language.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical knowledge of debates and discourses surrounding contemporary issues in Asia; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of sociocultural, political, economic and environmental transformations and interactions in postcolonial Asia; (3) demonstrate ethical sensitivity towards our diverse and globalised world; (4) express original arguments in both oral and written forms, and demonstrate an ability to engage with theoretical and academic literature; (5) conduct independent research; and (6) demonstrate excellent cross-cultural understandings and become better communicators at all levels, in oral and written forms and in interpersonal communication.

Degree-specific major

Asian Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Asian Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures
Incompatibility:
ASIA1101 Exploring Asian Identities
S2, NS ASIA1002 Asia from Colonial to Modern
Incompatibility:
ASIA1102 Creating Asian Modernities

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS ANTH2702 Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ANTH
or
ASIA unit
or
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
Incompatibility:
SOCS2220 Environmental Issues in Asia
NS ASIA2001 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE
or
INDO unit
Incompatibility:
ASIA2204 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
S2 ASIA2002 Australia and Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN,KORE
or
INDO unit
Incompatibility:
ASIA2206 Understanding Asia–Australia Issues
S1, NS ASIA2004 Popular Culture in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ANTH, ASIA, INDO, CHIN, KORE, JAPN, ENGL, COMM, HIST, POLS unit
Incompatibility:
SOCS2216 Popular Culture in Asia

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ASIA3001 Indonesian Politics and Culture
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
two Level 2 INDO units
Incompatibility:
ASIA2210 Society and Culture in Indonesia, ASIA2221 Indonesian Politics and Society
S2, NS ASIA3002 Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
two Level 2 JAPN units
Incompatibility:
ASIA2218 Japan: Social and Cultural Tensions; ASIA2214 Japan in Changing Asia; ASIA2217 Shifting Identities in Japan
S1, NS ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
two Level 2 CHIN units
Incompatibility:
ASIA2211 Social Issues in Contemporary China
S2, NS ASIA3004 Gender and Power in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 ASIA unit
or
a Level 2 GEND unit
Incompatibility:
ASIA2208 Gender Relations in Asia
S2, NS ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
SOCS2228 Democratisation in Asia
S2, NS ASIA3006 Contemporary Korean Society
Prerequisites:
any ASIA unit
or
any KORE unit
or
any Level 2 Humanities
or
Social Sciences unit
Incompatibility:
KORE3812 Contemporary Korean Society

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Asian Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-ASSTD

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Asian Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-ASSTD-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Asian Studies can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Asian Studies can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Asian Studies second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures
Incompatibility:
ASIA1101 Exploring Asian Identities
S2, NS ASIA1002 Asia from Colonial to Modern
Incompatibility:
ASIA1102 Creating Asian Modernities

Level 2

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS ANTH2702 Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ANTH
or
ASIA unit
or
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
Incompatibility:
SOCS2220 Environmental Issues in Asia
NS ASIA2001 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE
or
INDO unit
Incompatibility:
ASIA2204 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
S2 ASIA2002 Australia and Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN,KORE
or
INDO unit
Incompatibility:
ASIA2206 Understanding Asia–Australia Issues
S1, NS ASIA2004 Popular Culture in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ANTH, ASIA, INDO, CHIN, KORE, JAPN, ENGL, COMM, HIST, POLS unit
Incompatibility:
SOCS2216 Popular Culture in Asia

Level 3

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ASIA3001 Indonesian Politics and Culture
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
two Level 2 INDO units
Incompatibility:
ASIA2210 Society and Culture in Indonesia, ASIA2221 Indonesian Politics and Society
S2, NS ASIA3002 Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
two Level 2 JAPN units
Incompatibility:
ASIA2218 Japan: Social and Cultural Tensions; ASIA2214 Japan in Changing Asia; ASIA2217 Shifting Identities in Japan
S1, NS ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
two Level 2 CHIN units
Incompatibility:
ASIA2211 Social Issues in Contemporary China
S2, NS ASIA3004 Gender and Power in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 ASIA unit
or
a Level 2 GEND unit
Incompatibility:
ASIA2208 Gender Relations in Asia
S2, NS ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
SOCS2228 Democratisation in Asia
S2, NS ASIA3006 Contemporary Korean Society
Prerequisites:
any ASIA unit
or
any KORE unit
or
any Level 2 Humanities
or
Social Sciences unit
Incompatibility:
KORE3812 Contemporary Korean Society

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Asian Studies can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-ASSTD

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Asian Studies can also be taken as a degree-specific major.