UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ASIA5002 Critical Cultural Engagement with Asia

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit allows students to gain an advanced understanding of the ideologies and values that underpin Asian societies and cultures. Students analyse a variety of approaches to contemporary cultural texts in state cultural policies, state media, social media, and mass and ‘high' cultures, to develop a critical understanding of the underlying ideologies and values that inform such texts. Students examine how material culture and cultural politics are informed by considerations and tensions between the ways in which notions of ‘tradition' and ‘modernity' intersect to produce contemporary Asian identities and societies in a broader sense.

The aim of the unit is to encourage students to challenge and interrogate accepted forms of Western knowledge across traditional academic boundaries in order to apply imaginative and sensitive problem-solving skills in complex situations requiring Asia-specific cultural knowledge. The unit equips students to exercise expert judgement in professional contexts where negotiating intercultural differences is crucial.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) utilise analytical tools and critical capacity for cross-cultural engagement in Asia; (2) demonstrate ability to critically reflect on different theoretical approaches to analysing key cultural discourses in Asia; (3) demonstrate practical, expert judgement to interpret and mediate cultural difference in everyday and professional settings; and (4) formulate research questions and critically assess source material that demonstrates an advanced and integrated understanding of Asian Studies as a complex body of interdisciplinary knowledge.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) presentation; (2) case study; and (3) research essay/project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Joanna Elfving-Hwang and Dr Laura Dales
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: Bachelor of Arts (BP001) or Bachelor of Commerce (BP004)
Contact hours seminars: 24 hours
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ASIA5002/SEM-1/2017
TS-N-3A : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ASIA5002/TS-N-3A/2017

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