Credit points: 15

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. We explore these topics by first framing them in terms of long-term questions raised in the humanities and social sciences. Second, we sketch out the relationships between these questions. 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.

FacultyFaculty 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 15 credit points of second year Asian Studies, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Hindi, Sociology, Anthropology or Politics


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsReading list is contained in course outline which is available on LMSPrescribedN/AN/A

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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-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.


Assessment elementComments%
Critical review (1000 words)25
Diagnostic assessment (1000 words equivalent)25
Research report (2000 words)50