Credit points: 15

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 AST1ICI, 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.

FacultyFaculty 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



Incompatible subjects POL1IJI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Learning resources


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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKaori Okano

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.


Assessment elementComments%
Group presentation (700-word equivalent)15
One 1,500-word essay35
One 1-hour final examination (1,000 word equivalent)20
One 500-word exercise15
Weekly online quizzes (700-word equivalent)15