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Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies)

  • Study mode
    Asian Studies is taken on campus
  • Program rating
    Australia´s relationship with Asia is constantly growing and relations are vital to many industries. The program in Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne constitutes one of the biggest in the country and comprises many subjects including legal, political and economic history, cultural and intellectual traditions, and the role that politics and religion play in everyday life. The main countires of study are China, Japan, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific societies.
  • Aimed at
    Those wishing to work in international business where relations between Australia and Asia are vital, or people wanting a deeper understanding of the culture and systems of countries in Asia.
  • Employability
    After taking Asian Studies graduates are sought in government positions in relation to policy making, and in commerce, finance and service industries.
  • Expected salary
    Depending on industry
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  • Objectives
    The objectives of the Bachelor of Arts are to provide students with an outstanding education in the humanities, social sciences and languages as well as a broad understanding of selected fields of study outside these areas. The degree is designed so that a Bachelor of Arts graduate should be able to: * Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of selected fields of study in core disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and languages. * Reflect a general understanding of the concepts and principles of selected areas of study outside core disciplines of the humanities, social sciences and languages. * Access and appreciate national and international debates in their specialised areas of study. * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a * respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively and, in the case of those students undertaking a language major, to read, write and speak another language with fluency and appreciate its cultural context. * Qualify for employment in a wide range of occupations. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and otherinformation technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies)
  • Course description
    Asian Studies can be undertaken as either a major or minor sequence in the BA.

    A major in Asian Studies comprises:

    Level 1

        * One Arts subject in any discipline; and
        * Language & Power in Asian Societies; or
        * An Asia-focused Arts Foundational lnterdisciplinary Subject; or
        * A level 1 Asia-focused subject.

    Level 2

        * Two Asian Studies subjects (a minimum of one from the core list); and
        * The level 2 intra-regional subject

    Level 3


        * 2 Asian Studies subjects (a minimum of 1 from the core list); and
        * The capstone subject.

    A minor in Asian Studies comprises:

    Level 1

        * 110-118 Language & Power in Asian Societies
        * One Arts Foundational lnterdisciplinary Asia-focused subject

    Level 2

        * 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.

    The capstone subject is not available in the minor or as breadth studies outside the BA.

    Overseas study


    Students on overseas exchange can select up to four Asia-focus subjects from those offered by overseas institutions for inclusion in their Asian Studies major.

    Asian Studies: Level 1 Subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-118  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 th...     Semester 1     12.50

    Asian Studies: Level 2 Compulsory Intra-regional Subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-228  The Politics of Gender in China
    This subject focuses on the influence of traditions and ideologies on gender issues in China and the East Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore). Students will be encouraged to explore how "tradition" continues to shape notion...     Semester 2     12.50

    Asian Studies: Level 2 Core Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-202  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 ...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-203  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...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-229  Contemporary Japan     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    110-243  Asian Performing Arts: Global and Local
    This subject investigates the political, social and cultural significance of performing arts in contemporary East, Southeast and South Asia, with particular attention to Japan, China, Indonesia, and India. Throughout this region, performance function...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-244  Islam and the State in Indonesia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50
    131-039  The Rise of Modern Japan 1850s-1990sJapan´s rapid and remarkable transformation from a semi-feudal, isolated island nation to that of a centralized nation state, empire, and eventual global power has had a profound impact on its people, its Asian and Pacific ne...     Summer     12.50

    Asian Studies: Level 3 Core Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-052  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 se...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-053  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 along...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-312  Popular Cultures in Indonesia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    110-315  Literature & the Making of Indonesia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    110-317  Social Problems in Japan
    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 soc...     Semester 2     12.50

    Asian Studies: Level 2 Elective Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-023  China in Transition
    This subject is about the changing geography of 'Red Capitalist' China. The focus of the subject is the ongoing social, economic and political transformation and the impacts of the reforms on China's people and environment. The subject...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-046  Great Empires of Islamic Civilisation
    This subject examines the growth of Islamic civilisation in the period between the revelation of the Quran and the end of Muslim rule in Spain in 1492. The study focuses on the Arabic and Turkish-speaking areas of western Asia, North Africa and the I...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-062  Making China Modern     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-066  The Modern Middle East     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-210  Total War: Asia & the Pacific 1931-1952     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-217  Modern Southeast Asia
    From the growing influence of Islam in Indonesia to tourist industries in Vietnam and Cambodia, built on war time experiences this subject explores the history and lasting legacies of political, social and cultural change in modern Southeast Asia. Us...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-211  Asian Civilisations and Science
    This subject examines the development of science as a cultural phenomenon in Asian contexts. It is taught through contemporary and historical case studies. We examine ways sciences 'came to life' in particular places at particular times as ...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-035  Philosophy of Buddhism     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    166-018  Chinese Politics and Society     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    166-217  Gender and Politics in Southeast Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    110-219  Media and Everyday Life in Asia
    This subject examines the media and everyday life in transnational Asian context. This year, the focus of the subject is on how Japanese popular culture has, via a variety of media, become part of everyday life in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapor...     Semester 1     12.50

    Asian Studies: Level 3 Elective Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-370  Asian Screen Cultures     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    671-374  The Rise of Modern Japan 1850s-1990s
    Japan´s rapid and remarkable transformation from a semi-feudal, isolated island nation to that of a centralized nation state, empire, and eventual global power has had a profound impact on its people, its Asian and Pacific ne...     Summer     12.50

    671-378  Great Empires of Islamic Civilisation     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    671-383  Making China Modern
    The history of 20th century China is explored via a study of major events linked to modernizing and nation-building projects. Changes in political organisation, material culture and understandings of self and community are traced from the end of the ...     Semester 2     12.50

    671-384  The Modern Middle East
    This subject is a historical survey of the major events, movements and relationships that have participated in the making of the modern Islamic and Arab Middle East since the onset of European penetration and colonialism. The subject enables students...     Semester 1     12.50

    671-394  Total War: Asia & the Pacific 1931-1952     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    671-396  Modern Southeast Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-330  Asian Civilisations and Science
    This subject examines the development of science as a cultural phenomenon in Asian contexts. It is taught through contemporary and historical case studies. We examine ways sciences 'came to life' in particular places at particular times as ...     Semester 1     12.50

    672-350  Philosophy of Buddhism     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-369  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 course...     Semester 1     12.50

    672-389  Gender and Politics in Southeast Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

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