Honours in Asian Studies

Honours in Asian Studies explains how knowledge about Asia has been constructed historically and the various methodological issues that arise when studying Asian cultures and societies. There are also two explicitly theoretical units which examine social theory, starting with the 'grand narratives' of humanism, constructionism, Marxism and nationalism, and ending with a study of critical theory including post-structuralism, identity theory and cultural studies. You will be able to carry out independent research, think critically about existing knowledge about Asia, write clearly and engage effectively in oral discussion about a range of issues pertinent to Asian Studies. With these capacities, you will be well equipped for either further research or to find employment in the rapidly expanding range of professions that require expertise in the cultures, societies and politics of the Asian region.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in Asian studies; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in Asian studies; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in Asian studies; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project in Asian studies, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

Entry requirements: (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Asian Studies major; or (b)(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units in a major in Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian or Korean Studies; and (ii) a second major in a field relevant to the proposed research dissertation.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

See the School of Social Sciences Honours Handbook for details on semester study patterns.

Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1ASIA5001Key Debates in the Asian Region
S1, S2MIXD5005Designing Social Research
Prerequisites:
for the following postgraduate course students (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy): completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units; for other students: none.
Incompatibility:
SOCS5003 Research Design (ID 5135) BUSN4403 Business Research Methodology (ID 1661) GEOG5550 Research Design (ID 6181) EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (ID 3078)
S1, S2SOCS4101Advanced Theory in Social Sciences
S1, S2SOCS4140Honours Dissertation 1
S1, S2SOCS4141Honours Dissertation 2
Prerequisites:
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
Incompatibility:
ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
S1ANTH4103Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
Incompatibility:
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
NSPOLS5631International Relations of the Asia–Pacific
Incompatibility:
POLS8603 International Relations in the Asia–Pacific Region; POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers; POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
NSPOLS5684China and the World