Asian Studies major

Asia is home to two-thirds of the world's population and some of the most dynamic and fascinating societies on the planet. It is also an economic powerhouse vital to Australia's future prosperity and security. But what do we really know about the region in which we live? Asian Studies introduces you to the many cultures, societies and politics of Asia including China, Indonesia and Japan. It explores the impact of the great religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam and investigates the dramatic changes that colonialism and revolutions have brought to the people of the region. Students develop critical knowledge of contemporary Asia and the social, cultural, political and economic forces which are shaping modern societies in the region. The Asian Studies major does not require you to learn an Asian language.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical knowledge of debates and discourses surrounding contemporary issues in Asia; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of sociocultural, political, economic and environmental transformations and interactions in postcolonial Asia; (3) demonstrate ethical sensitivity towards our diverse and globalised world; (4) express original arguments in both oral and written forms, and demonstrate an ability to engage with theoretical and academic literature; (5) conduct independent research; and (6) demonstrate excellent cross-cultural understandings and become better communicators at all levels, in oral and written forms and in interpersonal communication.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Asian Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Asian Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA1101 Exploring Asian Identities
S2 ASIA1002 Asia from Colonial to Modern
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA1102 Creating Asian Modernities

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2, NS ASIA2001 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE
or
INDO unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2204 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
N/A ASIA2002 Australia and Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN,KORE
or
INDO unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2206 Understanding Asia–Australia Issues
S1, NS ASIA2004 Popular Culture in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 1
or
Level 2 ASIA, KORE, JAPN, CHIN, INDO, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, ARCY, COMM, LING, ANTH, LAW, VISA, MUSC, SOCS
or
POLS unit.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
SOCS2216 Popular Culture in Asia

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA3001 Indonesian Politics and Culture
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 ASIA, ANTH
or
INDO coded unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2210 Society and Culture in Indonesia, ASIA2221 Indonesian Politics and Society
S2, NS ASIA3002 Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
two Level 2 JAPN units
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2218 Japan: Social and Cultural Tensions; ASIA2214 Japan in Changing Asia; ASIA2217 Shifting Identities in Japan
S1, NS ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
Level 2 CHIN unit
or
Level 2 ANTH unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2211 Social Issues in Contemporary China
N/A ASIA3004 Gender and Power in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
a Level 2 GEND unit
or
a Level 2 ANTH unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2208 Gender Relations in Asia
S2, NS ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit, Level 2 ANTH unit
or
Level 2 POLS unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
SOCS2228 Democratisation in Asia
S2, NS ASIA3006 Contemporary Korean Society
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 Humanities
or
Social Sciences unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
KORE3812 Contemporary Korean Society

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Asian Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-ASSTD

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Asian Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-ASSTD-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .