Honours in Asian Studies

Honours in Asian Studies explains how knowledge about Asia has been constructed historically and the various methodological issues that arise when studying Asian cultures and societies. There are also two explicitly theoretical units which examine social theory, starting with the 'grand narratives' of humanism, constructionism, Marxism and nationalism, and ending with a study of critical theory including post-structuralism, identity theory and cultural studies. You will be able to carry out independent research, think critically about existing knowledge about Asia, write clearly and engage effectively in oral discussion about a range of issues pertinent to Asian Studies. With these capacities, you will be well equipped for either further research or to find employment in the rapidly expanding range of professions that require expertise in the cultures, societies and politics of the Asian region.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in Asian studies; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in Asian studies; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in Asian studies; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project in Asian studies, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

Entry requirements: (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Asian Studies major; or (b)(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units in a major in Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian or Korean Studies; and (ii) a second major in a field relevant to the proposed research dissertation.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (48 points): 2017 mid year commencing students refer to the 2017 handbook.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S2ASIA4101Evolution of Asian Studies
ASIA4102 Issues in Researching Asia
ASIA4105 Evolution of Asian Studies A
NSASIA5001Key Debates in the Asian Region
NSASIA5003Advanced Critical Thinking in Asian Studies
S1, S2SOCS4100Honours Research Skills
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1, S2SOCS4140Honours Dissertation 1
S1, S2SOCS4141Honours Dissertation 2
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1