CRITICAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ASIA

AST3CIA

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

The aim of the subject is to explore the diversity of Asia, problematize the neat categories and ideas that underpin popular perceptions about 'Asia', while showcasing the research expertise of those working within Asia within the School of Social Sciences. Among the issues explored are: nationalism, multiculturalism, identities, youth, the widening gaps in wealth distribution, religion, education, and the role of technology, media, and language in these processes. In exploring these issues, we sketch out the relationships between them. While the disciplinary backgrounds we take to these questions include sociology, anthropology, linguistics, education, cultural studies, religion and philosophical studies, and political science, it will become evident that answers to these questions require a multidisciplinary approach.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorZane Goebel

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of second year Asian Studies, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Hindi, Sociology, Anthropology or Politics or approval from subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsReading list is contained in course outline which is available on LMSPrescribedNANA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse local social and cultural groups and institutions in Asia in relation to historical and contemporary global processes.

Activities:
Buzz groups, Think-pair-share, RSQC2 techniques, peer assessment of review and essay (e.g. using criteria assessment sheets).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Engage in peer teaching/learning activities in pairs and in groups.

Activities:
Buzz groups, Think-pair-share, RSQC2 techniques, peer assessment of review and essay (e.g. using criteria assessment sheets).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Evaluate diverse positions and/or arguments regarding a relevant topic in Asian Studies.

Activities:
Response to reverse feedback in tutorials, Buzz groups, think-pair-share, RSQC2 technique with groups, writing of a literature review, essay, peer assessment and self-assessment of review and essay (e.g. using criteria assessment sheets), planning next step based on peer and self-assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

04. Identify and evaluate the ethical and moral implications of key stereotypes and ideas as they relate to Asian societies.

Activities:
Buzz groups, Think-pair-share, RSQC2 technique with groups, and reflection on own ways of doing and being.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Present a brief and persuasive argument to peers on a relevant topic in Asian Studies.

Activities:
Buzz groups, Think-pair-share, RSQC2 technique with groups.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

06. Produce an original, well researched response to a relevant topic in Asian Studies

Activities:
Applying a cohesive theoretical approach to a relevant topic in Asian Studies. Response to reverse feedback in tutorials, Buzz groups, think-pair-share, RSQC2 technique with groups, writing of a literature review, essay, peer assessment and self-assessment of review and essay (e.g. using criteria assessment sheets), planning next step based on peer and self-assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

07. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Asian Studies.

Activities:
Response to reverse feedback in tutorials, Buzz groups, think-pair-share, RSQC2 technique, and analytic teams, writing critiques of literature and applying ideas from literature to other contexts, essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

08. To be able to analyse and critique new stereotypes and ideas.

Activities:
Buzz groups, Think-pair-share, RSQC2 technique with groups, and reflection on own ways of doing and being.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

09. Write critical review that shows understanding of key questions in social science and humanities and how these related to relevant topics in Asian Studies.

Activities:
Response to reverse feedback in tutorials, Buzz groups, think-pair-share, RSQC2 technique, and analytic teams, writing critiques of literature and applying ideas from literature to other contexts, essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorZane Goebel

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.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical review (1000 words)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09
Diagnostic assessment (1000 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09
Research report (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09