INTRODUCTION TO ASIA: JAPAN AND INDONESIA

AST1IJI

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

Students are introduced to two of Australia's Asian neighbours, Japan and Indonesia. To ensure a systematic approach, we focus on how countries are run (government), how people connect with each other (society) and how people perceive themselves and how outsiders perceive them (culture). The subject is both contemporary and historical. We examine pre-European history, the impact of European imperialists and the condition of these countries today. With AST2ICI, students are prepared for more detailed study of Asia and for further study in Politics, History, Sociology and Anthropology. They are provided with a sound background for the study of Asian languages. This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship entails deep appreciation of how we live in an interconnected world, being able to recognize the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries,and work with diverse communities now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKaori Okano

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL1IJI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level for an Asian studies major

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA History of Modern Indonesia since c.1200 3rd EditionRecommendedRicklefs, M.C.BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE 2001
ReadingsA short history of IndonesiaRecommendedBrown, C.ALLEN AND UNWIN 2003
ReadingsAn introduction to Japanese societyRecommendedSugimoto, Y.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2010
ReadingsCambridge companion to modern Japanese cultureRecommendedSugimoto, Y. (ed.)CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2009
ReadingsThe emergence of modern JapanRecommendedHunter, J.LONGMAN 1989

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Compare how Indonesia and Japan have responded to political, economic and social change since the 19th century

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
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Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Construct a well-argued essay

Activities:
Essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

03. Contribute meaningfully to critical discussions and debates about Indonesian and Japanese history, politics and culture

Activities:
Tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

04. Understand the basic parameters of Indonesian and Japanese history, politics and culture

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKaori Okano

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group presentation (700-word equivalent)Team work is assessed by each group submitting a journal which records collaborative meeting and works. When submitted, it will have signatures from all members.20 01, 03, 04
One 2000 word essay45 02, 03, 04
One 500-word short exercise15 01, 03, 04
Weekly online quizzes (700 word equivalent)20 01, 04