ASIA4106 Issues in Researching Asia A

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Asian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit is intended to be taken by students who began honours study mid-year and are in their second semester of study. It is designed to provide insights into the research process, both in general and with a particular focus on the problems associated with researching Asia. It covers topics including methodology, field work, archival research, ethical issues and positionality. It also deals with using languages other than English in research. In order to accommodate a wide range of interests and research topics, the unit is deliberately broad in scope. The unit also has an explicit practical focus, with students required to relate readings on methodology, archival research, etc. to the research that they are currently engaged in. Students are required to present orally to the class and to critique the contributions of others, thereby developing confidence and skill in interpersonal communication. Written communication skills are developed through the writing of at least two assignments, one of them a long essay.
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 issues relating to research in and about Asia, especially those that involve ethics and positionality.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar participation; (2) written assessments; and (3) research findings presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Lyn Parker
Unit rules
ASIA4105 Evolution of Asian Studies A
(ASIA3001 Indonesian Politics and Culture
ASIA3002 Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China)
ASIA4102 Issues in Researching Asia
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