ASIA5001 Key Debates in the Asian Region

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit has been designed to allow students to critically reflect on challenging and pressing issues confronting Asian societies in an increasingly globalised world where different worldviews and value systems intersect and sometimes collide. The unit examines different approaches to the study of social transformations in contemporary Asia , and its interactions with the rest of the world. These may include topics such as environment, inequality, corruption, development, education, religion and human rights. The specialised knowledge acquired through the unit gives students a skill set and understanding to engage meaningfully with these key national and transnational issues in the Asian region. Students develop research skills and a critical capacity which they can utilise in a variety of professional contexts.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate ability to critically reflect on different approaches to analysing the historical and political challenges in Asia; (2) critically analyse historical and contemporary causes of structural and social changes that are profoundly impacting on the Asian region; (3) demonstrate practical expert judgement to interpret, evaluate and communicate an issue covered in this unit through producing a recommendation report; and (4) formulate research questions and critically assess source material in the context of Asian Studies suitable for specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang and Associate Professor Stephen Dobbs
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
Bachelor of Arts (BP001)
Bachelor of Commerce (BP004)
Contact hours
seminars at least 20 hours over 12 weeks
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