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. 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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGerald Roche

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesResponse to reverse feedback in tutorials, Buzz groups, think-pair-share, 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.

Capstone subjectYes

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


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

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. Analyse local social and cultural groups and institutions in Asia in relation to historical and contemporary global processes.
02. Engage in peer teaching/learning activities in pairs and in groups.
03. Evaluate diverse positions and/or arguments regarding a relevant topic in Asian Studies.
04. Identify and evaluate the ethical and moral implications of key stereotypes and ideas as they relate to Asian societies.
05. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Asian Studies.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGerald Roche

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

10 x weekly quizzes (500 words equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

2 x Reflective writing tasks (500 words equivalent each - total 1000 words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Review Essay (750 words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Essay (1500 words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5