Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to engage with and critique various elements of popular culture across East Asia, South Asia and South East Asia. You will reflect on what makes something 'popular' across five categories: Film, Fashion, Music, Novels and media mixes, and Anime/ Manga. These categories are explored in terms of, for example, nationalism, religion, education, technology, media, and language.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmerald King

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTutorial discussions; weekly tutorial quizzes; essay; presentation

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level two subjects


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. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Asian popular culture across Asian societies
02. Critically analyse the nature of social, economic and cultural change in Asia in a variety of contexts
03. Evaluate issues in Asian Studies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences (e.g. History, Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies etc)

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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-ordinatorEmerald King

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*

Final Essay, 2000 words Students can choose a question from a list provided

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Weekly Quizzes, 800 word equivalent Short quizzes based on the lecture and readings undertaken at the start of each tutorial/workshop

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Journal Article Critique, 800 words Short critical response to one of the prescribed course readings

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

Tutorial Presentation/Poster, 500 word equivalent Short presentation on a key topic from the subject

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3