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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to provide students in the first semester of their honours year with insights into the research process, both in general and with a particular focus on the problems associated with researching Asia. It covers topics including methodology, field work, archival research, ethical issues and positionality. It also deals with using languages other than English in research. In order to accommodate a wide range of interests and research topics, the unit is deliberately broad in scope. The unit also has an explicit practical focus, with students required to relate readings on methodology, archival research, etc., to the research that they are currently engaged in. Students are required to present orally to the class and to critique the contributions of others, thereby developing confidence and skill in interpersonal communication. Written communication skills are developed through the writing of three assignments, one of them a long essay.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Asia through research-based enquiry and a range of research skills including how to argue and reason, information literacy and written and oral interpersonal communication skills; (2) have a good grasp of issues relating to research in and about Asia, especially those that involve ethics and positionality; and (3) develop critical skills through a requirement for students to participate actively in the seminars and to critique each others' work.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation in regular seminars and (2) written assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Lyn Parker
Unit rules
enrolment in
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BH001) with Asian Studies specialisation.
for students in Social Research Methods: nil
ASIA4106 Issues in Researching Asia A
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.