INTRODUCTION TO ASIA: CHINA AND INDIA

AST2ICI

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to India and China. 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 arrival and ejection of European imperialists and the condition of these countries today. With AST1IJI, the subject prepares students for more detailed study of Asia and for further study in Politics, History, Sociology and Anthropology. It provides sound background for the study of Asian languages.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIan Woolford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL1ICI, AST1ICI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at second-year level for an Asian Studies Major in the ABA - Bachelor of Arts.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA concise history of IndiaRecommendedMetcalf, B.P. and Metcalf, T.R.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2002
ReadingsChina: a new historyRecommendedFairbank, J. K. and Goldman, M.ENLARGED EDITION, BELKNAP PRESS 1998

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking
Speaking
Inquiry/ Research
Teamwork

02. Construct a well-argued essay, drawing on print and online social-media research

Activities:
Tutorial, online responses, social media project, essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Writing

03. Contribute meaningfully to critical discussions and debates about Indian and Chinese history, politics and culture

Activities:
Tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Teamwork
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

04. Master the use of select social media tools for investigation of contemporary culture of India and China

Activities:
Tutorials, group class presentations, social media project, online responses
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Writing
Critical Thinking

05. Understand the basic parameters of Indian and Chinese history, politics and culture

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Teamwork
Critical Thinking
Speaking
Writing

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Woolford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Comparative Analysis Essay (1500 words)30 02, 03, 05, 01
Reflective annotated bibliography (1000 words)25 03, 02, 01, 05
Social Media Project (1000 words equivalent)25 03, 05, 02, 01
Weekly online discussion tasks(10 weeks x 2% 1000 words equivalent)20 01, 05, 04, 03, 02