ASIA4101 Evolution of Asian Studies

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Asian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit is designed to provide students with detailed insights into the history of Asian Studies. It examines the colonial roots of Asian or Oriental Studies and the post-war emergence of Area Studies and its relationship with Cold War priorities. Contemporary debates between advocates of Area Studies and defenders of traditional discipline boundaries are also examined. The unit also has an explicit practical focus, with students required to read literature on structure, writing conventions, making arguments and referencing. Students are required to write and present research proposals to the group and provide feedback about the research of others in the class.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Asia through research-based enquiry and a range of research skills including how to argue and reason, information literacy, and written and oral interpersonal communication skills and (2) have a good grasp of the history and evolution of the discipline of Asian Studies and understand the scholarly debates that have surrounded it since its inception.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar activities and (2) written assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Stephen Dobbs
Unit rules
ASIA4102 Issues in Researching Asia
ASIA4105 Evolution of Asian Studies A
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