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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, study of historical maps, tutorial discussion and group work, reading of historical and secondary sources, essay, exam.

Capstone subjectNo

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

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Understanding Australia's Neighbours: An introduction to East and Southeast Asia.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorNick Knight and Michael Heazle




ISBN13: 978-0521157131

Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Broad knowledge of the major historical events shaping contemporary Asia demonstrated in critical writing
02. Knowledge of the changing and contested nature of the internal and external cultural and political boundaries of contemporary Asia
03. Knowledge of the diversity of social experience and cultural traditions that have contributed to contemporary Asia.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.50 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

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.

N/AOtherGroupNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One-hour final examination (equivalent to 1,000 words) The exam questions will largely be based on the key readings and the lectures.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 2000-word reflective essay A detailed guideline will be released in early weeks.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3