ASIA3004 Gender and Power in Asia

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodHong KongFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Asian Studies; Gender Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
This unit examines the diversity of social relations between men and women in contemporary Asia. Students explore the links between gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity and national identities, and evaluate how the processes of development and globalisation shape gender relations in Asia. Key themes are power, resistance and the agency of women, and students study theories of power, resistance and agency. Feminist theories underlie the unit and students learn about women's movements in Asia. Students carry out research on topics such as women's movements, emergent sexual identities, industrialisation, family, courtship and marriage, gender and religion, migration for work and marriage, sex work, health care and contraception.
Students are able to (1) understand that gender and gender relations are a social construction; (2) analyse the ways Asian societies are gendered, the relationships between gender and power, and hierarchies of femininities and masculinities; (3) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories of power, resistance and agency; (4) demonstrate how people are shaped by gender ideologies (e.g. state and religious gender ideologies), as well as able to exercise agency according to their gender and culture; (5) analyse how gender operates in different contexts (e.g. in marriage, in work places, in migration) and in concert with other social principles such as class, nationality and ethnicity; (6) demonstrate knowledge of women's movements in Asia and their links to feminist activism; (7) evaluate the relevance of and problems associated with feminist theories when applied to Asian contexts; and (8) conceptualise a research question or problem, develop research skills and communicate their critical thoughts and findings in well-developed arguments, both oral and written and demonstrate that they can work productively in a team.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) written work; and (3) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Lyn Parker (Crawley), Dr Laura Dales (Hong Kong)
Unit rules
any Level 2 ASIA unit
a Level 2 GEND unit
a Level 2 ANTH unit
ASIA2208 Gender Relations in Asia
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