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Unit Overview


This unit provides an opportunity for students to engage with a specific issue/problem in the context of an established theoretical framework. Rather than simply introducing students to a particular philosopher or theorist through secondary texts, the unit brings them face-to-face with primary texts with the aim of developing skills in applying Western critical theories to Asian contexts. Through an enquiry-based learning approach, students address specific research topics in the context of contemporary Asia. The unit encourages students to develop research skills and reflect on the use of critical theory in the context of their own professional practice.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced understanding and a critical ability to apply established critical theories to the context of contemporary Asia; (2) conduct scholarly research and communicate findings on a current issue in Asia; and (3) communicate advanced arguments in written and oral assessments that engage with critical theory.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project; (2) presentation and critical response paper; and (3) research essay. 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 Reto Hofmann and Associate Professor David Bourchier
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
Bachelor of Arts (BP001)
or Bachelor of Commerce (BP004)
Contact hours
seminars: 24 hours
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  • 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.