Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The twenty-first century is already being called the Asian Century. What were the countries and peoples we call Asia like 100 years ago, at the start of the twentieth century? How did they change across the century? And how did this process influence their current prosperity and sense of national identity? The subject will survey the major social, political and cultural changes of the past 100 years of so, including European colonisation, the impact of the expansion of Japan and the Second World War, the rise of Asian nationalisms and the wars of independence, consolidation of national political regimes, economic development and modernisation, the rapid recent rise of China and India.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Asian Studies subject or 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at second year for Asian Studies major or minor, and is a second year elective subject for the Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Hindi, History or Politics majors or minors.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsModule of readings prepared by the lecturerPrescribedN/AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Class requirements

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.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Group communication project (1,000 words equivalent)Examples for the project include radio script, exhibition, documentary, historical re-enactment in English or an approved Asian language.25
One-hour final examination (equivalent to 1,000 words)25
one 2000-word reflective essay50