UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ASIA4102 Issues in Researching Asia

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Asian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content This unit is designed to provide students in the first semester of their honours year with 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 three assignments, one of them a long essay.
Outcomes 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; (2) have a good grasp of issues relating to research in and about Asia, especially those that involve ethics and positionality; and (3) develop critical skills through a requirement for students to participate actively in the seminars and to critique each others' work.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation in regular seminars and (2) written assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Lyn Parker
Unit rules
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

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