ASIA4103 Social Theory 1—Grand Narratives

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Asian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This seminar-based unit is one of two units designed to equip students in Asian Studies with the theoretical background necessary for engaging with Asian Studies scholarship at a high level. Key movements within western social theory from humanism, constructionism, Marxism to nationalism and modernisation theory are examined, with an emphasis on how these theories have shaped perceptions of and scholarship on Asia. The focus in this unit is on 'grand narratives' or on theories that purport to explain social development globally. Students are encouraged to analyse these theories critically and to gain an understanding of how they have impacted not only on the scholarship of Asia but also on its social and political development.
Students are able to (1) understand the ways in which theory has shaped perceptions of Asia over the centuries; (2) align their knowledge of theory and epistemology with their knowledge of history, politics and social change; (3) develop their research skills and their ability to present a coherent argument; and (4) deploy the language and conventions of Asian Studies scholarship.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar participation and (2) essays. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor David Bourchier
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BH001) with Asian Studies specialisation
Contact hours
regular 90-minute seminars
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