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 interdisciplinary knowledge of the evolution of scholarship in Asian Studies, show the cultural sensitivity that is required in researching ‘other' cultures, and work through ethical issues entailed in cross-cultural research; (2) through critical reading, analysis and research-based enquiry demonstrate the ability to question accepted wisdom, show a critical attitude and argue and reason; (3) conduct independent and critical research; and (4) write clearly and engage effectively in oral discussion about a range of issues pertinent to Asian Studies.

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; N/A = not available in 2018

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

Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1ASIA4103Social Theory 1—Grand Narratives
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BH001) with Asian Studies specialisation
N/AASIA4104Social Theory 2—Critical Approaches
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BH001) with Asian Studies specialisation
S1, S2ASIA4140Dissertation (Asian Studies) 1
S1, S2ASIA4141Dissertation (Asian Studies) 2
Prerequisites:
ASIA4140 Dissertation (Asian Studies) 1
Group A—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Units taken are dependent on the semester in which the student commences honours.

AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S2ASIA4101Evolution of Asian Studies
Prerequisites:
ASIA4102 Issues in Researching Asia
Incompatibility:
ASIA4105 Evolution of Asian Studies A
S2ASIA4105Evolution of Asian Studies A
Incompatibility:
ASIA4101 Evolution of Asian Studies
Group B—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Units taken are dependent on the semester in which the student commences honours.

AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
N/AASIA4102Issues in Researching Asia
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BH001) with Asian Studies specialisation; for students in Social Research Methods: nil
Incompatibility:
ASIA4106 Issues in Researching Asia A
S1ASIA4106Issues in Researching Asia A
Prerequisites:
ASIA4105 Evolution of Asian Studies A and (ASIA3001 Indonesian Politics and Culture
or
ASIA3002 Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
or
ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China)
Incompatibility:
ASIA4102 Issues in Researching Asia