ASIA4104 Social Theory 2—Critical Approaches

6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2018UWA (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 post-1970s' social theory from poststructuralism, identity theory, cultural studies and practice theory are examined, with an emphasis on how these theories have shaped perceptions of and scholarship on Asia. The focus in the unit is on 'critical approaches' or on theories that take into account structures of power based on race, gender, sexuality, class and position within the international division of labour. 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, the scholarship of Asia and Asia itself; (2) align their knowledge of theory and epistemology with their knowledge of social structure, culture and politics; (3) develop a high level of competence in interpersonal communication; (4) develop their research skills and their ability to present a coherent argument; and (5) 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
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