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Unit Overview


This seminar-based unit is one of two units designed to equip students in Asian Studies with the theoretical background necessary for engaging with Asian Studies scholarship at a high level. Key movements within post-1970s' social theory from poststructuralism, identity theory, cultural studies and practice theory are examined, with an emphasis on how these theories have shaped perceptions of and scholarship on Asia. The focus in the unit is on 'critical approaches' or on theories that take into account structures of power based on race, gender, sexuality, class and position within the international division of labour. Students are encouraged to analyse these theories critically and to gain an understanding of how they have impacted not only on the scholarship of Asia but also on its social and political development.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand the ways in which theory has shaped perceptions of Asia, the scholarship of Asia and Asia itself; (2) align their knowledge of theory and epistemology with their knowledge of social structure, culture and politics; (3) develop a high level of competence in interpersonal communication; (4) develop their research skills and their ability to present a coherent argument; and (5) deploy the language and conventions of Asian Studies scholarship.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation and (2) essays. 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)
Associate Professor David Bourchier
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BH001) with Asian Studies specialisation
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.