The majority of Arts Majors require 100 points of study for attainment. This means out of the 300 point program, you have the opportunity to achieve two Majors in your course. Along with this, the Faculty of Arts offers a variety of Breadth Subjects designed to enhance your learning with options from a variety of fields.
Students completing a Major in Asian Studies must complete:
- One Level 1 subject EITHER Language & Power in Asian Societies (ASIA10001) OR Asian Century: Meaning and Impact (ASIA10002)
- One Arts Foundation subject
- 37.50 points of Asian Studies subjects with a minimum of 25 points from the core list
- 25 points of Asian Studies subjects (with a minimum of 1 from the core list); and
- The compulsory capstone subject Identity, Ideology and Nationalism in Asia (ASIA30002)
Students completing a Minor in Asian Studies must complete:
- One Level 1 subject EITHER Language & Power in Asian Societies (ASIA10001) OR Asian Century: Meaning and Impact (ASIA10002)
- One Arts Foundation subject
- Two Level 2 subjects from the core subjects listed in the Asian Studies major
- Level 3: Any two subjects from the core subjects listed in the Asian Studies
This is a sample subject list only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current and commencing students must refer to the University Handbook for enrolment purposes.
Sample Study Plans
|Language and Power in Asian Societies||12.5|
Language and Power in Asian Societies
This subject examines the intimate relationship between language and society in the historical and contemporary contexts of three internationally strategic regions: East Asia, insular Southeast Asia, and the Arabic world. It will explore recurring themes such as the relationship of language to power, hegemony and political struggle. the effect of nationalism on language. language as a means for creating social organisation and hierarchy. the relationship between minority and majority languages and cultures. and the role of the media, popular culture and literacy in contemporary linguistic and social relations.
Detailed Information ASIA10001
|Asian Century: Meaning and Impact||12.5|
Asian Century: Meaning and Impact
The emergence of Asia as a global economic force has instigated the discourse of the ‘Asian Century’ in international media and policy papers. This subject will examine to what extent this discourse is in line with developments in the real world, in whose interests the discourse is being used, and what its impact has been both inside and outside Asia. The subject will address the regions, issues and groups and individuals that are being included in the 'Asian Century' as well the people and problems that have generally been left out. Topics that are covered include politics, business, culture, society, class, gender, the media, migration and international relations.
Detailed Information ASIA10002
|Level 2 - Core Subject|
|Media and Urban Culture in Asia||12.5|
Media and Urban Culture in Asia
This subject examines the media in Asian contexts. It will focus on the role of the media in creating and representing politics, social movements, popular expression and economic development. Students will develop an understanding of the interplay between the media and the dramatic changes that have occurred in Asia from the post-colonial and post World War II period through to Asia's rise to economic, political and cultural prominence in the 21st century. Topics that will be examined include consumerism, identity, urbanisation, with particular emphasis on trends in film, television, music, fashion and urban lifestyle in East and Southeast Asia.
Detailed Information ASIA20001
|Genders and Desires in Asia||12.5|
Genders and Desires in Asia
How are genders and desires imagined, performed, reproduced and contested in the diversity of societies and cultures of the Asian region? How does mobility and sociocultural change influence, or impact on everyday notions of gender within Asia, and in discourses about Asia? What is the influence of histories, religions, languages and media on gender and sexualities in the Asian region and Asian diasporas? This subject critically engages with gender and desire in relation to the Asian region by drawing on contemporary gender theories and a diversity of perspectives from the humanities and social sciences.
Detailed Information ASIA20003
|Human Rights in East and Southeast Asia||12.5|
Human Rights in East and Southeast Asia
This subject examines human rights issues in East and Southeast Asia, with some focus on the case of China. The impact of (pre-modern) Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam and other traditions will be assessed on the shaping of human rights discourse in various Asian contexts. An important conceptual issue is the perceived contingent nature of human rights in non-Western locations. Students will be encouraged to investigate case studies drawn from pro-democracy movements, activism against political repression, religious and ethnic discrimination, advocacy for social and civil rights, and resistance to patriarchal systems.
Detailed Information CHIN20025
|Level 2 - Elective Subjects|
|Indonesian Politics and Society||12.5|
Indonesian Politics and Society
This unit addresses the politics of modern Indonesia in relation to broader social developments and the changing global context. Students will learn about the evolution of Indonesian politics from the early post-colonial period, through to the authoritarian New Order and the current democratic era. What have been some of the most prominent sources of tensions and contradictions within Indonesian politics? How are they related to broader changes in Indonesian society? How have domestic social and political transformations in Indonesia been intertwined with the changing global political context from the Cold War to the post-Cold War era? How are developments in Indonesian politics and socie...
Detailed Information ASIA20005
This subject provides a solid foundation yet offers insightful and analytical perspectives on contemporary Korea. Although it will cover broad areas of contemporary Korea, specific focuses will be placed on society, culture, politics and economy. It is designed for both Korean and non-Korean speakers. Korea is currently Australia's third largest export market and fourth-largest trading partner. However, not a lot is known about this country apart from the dilemma posed by North Korea and recent surge of Korean popular culture in the world called ‘Hallyu: Korean Wave’. Topics such as major societal and cultural changes from traditional to contemporary Korea, how Korea achieved two miracles...
Detailed Information ASIA20006
|Chinese Studies: Culture and Empire||12.5|
Chinese Studies: Culture and Empire
This introductory subject examines Chinese society and culture by looking at the relationship between cultural systems and imperial power. It addresses the long-term development of social and intellectual structures in China in relation to empire as a political order and a system of territorial domination. Students should gain a foundation for further study of Chinese society and culture and specific skills in the writing of essays.
Detailed Information CHIN20007
|China Since Mao||12.5|
China Since Mao
This subject examines cultural and social tendencies in contemporary China, and shows how they have developed from the socialist system. It analyses the culture of China's different social groups - men, women, young people, workers, farmers, the elites, minorities, intellectuals and business people. It aims to give a sense of the contemporary Chinese cultural landscape and how this has been analysed by scholars.
Detailed Information CHIN20008
|The First Centuries of Islam||12.5|
The First Centuries of Islam
This subject examines the growth of Islamic civilisation in the period between the revelation of the Quran and the Spanish Christian reconquest of Granada in 1492. The study focuses on the Arabic speaking areas of western Asia, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, and its aim is to understand the conditions in which religiously founded dynastic states appeared, the relationships between religion, power, culture and economy, and the role of ethnicity and language in the creation of political and cultural communities.
Detailed Information HIST20010
|Modern Southeast Asia||12.5|
Modern Southeast Asia
From the growing influence of Islam and contemporary efforts to deal with past violence, this subject explores the history and lasting legacies of political, social and cultural change in modern Southeast Asia. Using case studies from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor and the Philippines from the 19th and 20th centuries we will explore European colonisation, anti-colonial resistance, the Japanese occupation, the Cold War and their impact on the societies of Southeast Asia. We will also examine nationalism, decolonisation, and contemporary issues ranging from ethnic tensions, separatist movements, religious revival, economic globalisation and human rig...
Detailed Information HIST20034
|Crisis Zone: Middle Eastern Politics||12.5|
Crisis Zone: Middle Eastern Politics
This introductory subject will examine the interplay of external and internal factors in inflaming conflict and tension in the Middle East in the 20th century. It will cover the role of colonial powers, religion, gender politics and foreign actors in a number of case studies: the Arab/Israeli conflict, Iranian politics, US policy and the establishment of organizations such as HAMAS, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda.
Detailed Information ISLM20015
|Analysing Indonesia: Concepts and Issues||12.5|
Analysing Indonesia: Concepts and Issues
This subject is a multidisciplinary introduction to key concepts in the social sciences and cultural studies and their application in the study of modern Indonesia, covering the historical, political, cultural, social, and linguistic factors that have helped shape the contemporary nation-state of Indonesia. The subject should prepare students for research in the field of Indonesian studies. This subject is available as an overseas intensive subject taught in Indonesia. Enrolment is by application and limited to a maximum of 15 students.
Detailed Information INDO20001
This subject examines basic themes in contemporary Japanese society, as well as commonly used theoretical models. Topics for discussion include the tension between individuals and collective society; notions of regional, gender and age-based status identities and the effects of social change. Students are expected to think critically about current events in Japan and apply these ideas to their own culture and society.
Detailed Information JAPN20005
|Two Koreas in the World||12.5|
Two Koreas in the World
The subject covers both South and North Koreas’ international relations since the establishment of the governments in 1948 until today. It deals with two Koreas’ political and ideological divergence since the end of WWII and how two Koreas have formed two totally different diplomatic, economic and cultural relations with the rest of the world. While the focus is on two Koreas’ relations with Japan, China, the US and Russia, their respective relations with other Asian, European, African and American states will also be discussed. Two Koreas’ relations with Australia will have special attention.
Detailed Information KORE20001
|Level 3 - Capstone Subject|
|Identity, Ideology & Nationalism in Asia||12.5|
Identity, Ideology & Nationalism in Asia
This subject explores the interlocking themes of identity and ideology in a variety of Asian contexts. It examines how the ways in which people define themselves - 'identities'- are affected by socially-structured systems of thought - 'ideologies'. National ideologies and identities from across the Asian region will be explored in conjunction with study of ethnic, religious, class, gender, and regional forms of identity and ideology.
Detailed Information ASIA30002
|Level 3 - Core|
|Asian Religions in Societal Context||12.5|
Asian Religions in Societal Context
The subject explores the wide variety of Asian religious traditions, from examples of indigenous and folk traditions to analyses of the major world religions originating from Asia. Attention is given to Asian religion’s cosmologies and philosophy of life, their role as a normative foundation of culture and society, and their relevance to politics. Asian religion’s growing popularity in the West will be considered together with the growing influence of Islam and Christianity in Asia, charting historical processes of interaction between civilisations and the contemporary rise of global religions and identities.
Detailed Information ASIA30003
|Corruption in Asia||12.5|
Corruption in Asia
Corruption is widely considered to be a major obstacle to sustainable economic and social development in Asia. This subject examines the notion of corruption and the analytical frameworks that scholars, policy-makers and activists have used to understand it. It also analyses the nature, magnitude, causes, and consequences of corruption within the region focusing on a set of case studies related to matters such as economic growth, public service provision, the rule of law, and environmental protection. The subject concludes by evaluating alternative strategies for combating corruption within the region.
Detailed Information ASIA30004
|Crisis Zone: Age of Uprisings||12.5|
Crisis Zone: Age of Uprisings
This third-year subject examines the political dynamics of the modern Middle East, with a specific focus on the events known as the 'Arab Spring.' It will offer a brief synopsis of 20th century Middle Eastern history before exploring the War on Terror, the 2011 Arab uprisings and their aftermath, and contemporary political trends in non-Arab states such as Turkey and Iran. This subject will analyse the role of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces in the contemporary Middle East, and will examine critical issues such as sectarianism, gender politics, Islamism and the influence of external powers in the region.
Detailed Information ISLM30018
|Level 3 - Elective Subjects|
|Taiwan & Beyond: Chinese Settler Culture||12.5|
Taiwan & Beyond: Chinese Settler Culture
This subject introduces students to migration and settlement as major processes in Chinese cultural history. It examines the expansion of Chinese culture beyond its traditional heartlands, taking Taiwan as a key example. Taiwan will be examined alongside other Chinese "settler cultures" for example Singapore, elsewhere in Southeast Asia, or Australasia.
Detailed Information CHIN30002
|Classic Chinese Civilisation||12.5|
Classic Chinese Civilisation
In this subject students will be introduced to the distinctive characteristics of Chinese civilization from a comparative East-West framework. The focus will be on how the ancient Chinese found solutions to universal human problems, such as how to set up social and political organizations, the operations of kinship systems, and the impact of human settlement on the environment. The focus will be on Chinese ideas relating to government, religion, belief systems and law. Students will read and interpret key primary texts in English translation and assess the value of ancient Chinese material culture (including art, technology and architecture) in understanding the past. On completion of thi...
Detailed Information CHIN30001
|The Modern Middle East||12.5|
The Modern Middle East
Year of offer 2019 Subject level Undergraduate Level 3 Subject code HIST30015 Campus Parkville Availability Semester 1 Fees Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date This subject is a historical survey of the major events, movements and relationships underlying the making of the modern Islamic and Arab Middle East since the end of the First World War. The subject enables students to understand: the interplay of religion and foreign rule and intervention in shaping the politics and society of the modern Middle East; the development of the different states of the region; the differences between local points of view and those of outside commentators, historians and rulers; and the eff...
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|Creative Industries in Indonesia||12.5|
Creative Industries in Indonesia
This subject focuses on the transforming power of creative arts and communicative technology in social history, with specific empirical reference to modern Indonesia. Students will closely examine the profound social transformation brought about by art, print, broadcasting and social media at a time of global invasion of electronic high technology. Contemporary politics, popular cultures, social networks, urban spaces and creative enterprises will be some of the key issues in the subject.
Detailed Information INDO30002
|Social Problems in Japan||12.5|
Social Problems in Japan
Year of offer 2019 Subject level Undergraduate Level 3 Subject code JAPN30002 Campus Parkville Availability Semester 2 Fees Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date This subject aims to prepare students for more specialised studies in Japanese society and culture. The subject offers interdisciplinary views of the political, economic, religious and cultural ideologies which foster inequality between different social groups in Japan. Students should become aware of the heterogeneous aspects of Japanese society, as well as the public and private institutions that deal with these issues, such as ethnicity, caste and disability.
Detailed Information JAPN30002
|Korean Politics and Society||12.5|
Korean Politics and Society
The subject is offered during the Winter term as an overseas subject taught at one of the major universities in Seoul, South Korea. Topics include domestic party politics, national division, divided families, North Korean defectors, youth unemployment, gender-based violence, migrant workers and multicultural families. The subject includes visits to the Demilitarised Zone, the National Assembly, the National Museum, a multi-cultural centre, a K-pop school, and a North Korean human rights organisation. At the end of the semester, the students will present their papers at the partner university in Seoul.
Detailed Information KORE30001
|Chinese Politics and Society||12.5|
Chinese Politics and Society
This is a broad, historically-based survey course of Chinese politics. It is designed to offer an overview of and background to, contemporary Mainland Chinese politics and society. It is more historically oriented than many of the other survey courses offered in the Politics program. This emphasis on history is deliberate. We shall begin with the development of the Communist Party and its escape from the Shanghai massacre through to its period of governance in rural China, examining the background to the Long March in the process. This will be followed by a look at the Yan'an period in communist history - a time of ideological reformation and Mao Zedong's rise to power.
Detailed Information POLS30011