Honours Overview


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. Students 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.


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 only


Honours in Asian Studies can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (48 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
NS ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
S1 ASIA5001 Key Debates in the Asian RegionNone
NS POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific
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
NS SOCS4100 Social Sciences Research Skills
Enrolment in
any Honours Programme
or a Masters dissertation project.
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1, S2 SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1None
S1, S2 SOCS4141 Honours Dissertation 2
Successful completion of
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1