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Asian Studies (BA)

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Title Asian Studies (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
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Academic Chair: Associate Professor Carol Warren | Email: C.Warren@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2345

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Asian Studies
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Not currently available to new admissions
Description For political, economic, environmental and cultural reasons, the countries of East and South-East Asia play an increasingly important role in contemporary global change. This three-year degree offers the opportunity to study the media, religions, histories, politics, economics, sociology and anthropology of the Asian region. It is possible to combine an Asian Studies major with a second major or a minor in Indonesian or Japanese language.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Demonstrate an understanding of more than one period or culture of Asia
Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting Asia
Recognise how Asia has shaped the global present and is shaping the future

SKILLS
Identify and interpret a wide variety of secondary and primary sources for studying the Asian region
Examine historical and contemporary issues by understanding research according to a range of methodological and ethical conventions relevant to Asian Studies
Analyse evidence, scholarship and changing representations of Asia
Demonstrate capacity for cross-cultural communication both within the Australian and Asian context

APPLICATION
Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form
Identify and critically reflect on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of Asia
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects The major is intended to provide the background for careers in teaching, the diplomatic service, law, public service, business, and journalism, which require interdisciplinary perspectives on the Asian cultural, political and economic context.
Recommended Double Majors Community Development; Community Development (OUA); Global Politics and Policy; History; Indonesian; International Aid and Development; International Aid and Development (OUA); Japanese; Sociology; Sustainable Development (OUA); Theatre and Drama; Tourism and Events
Recommended Minors Anthropology; Communication; Indonesian; Japanese; Modern History; Philosophy; Sustainable Development; Theatre and Drama; Tourism
Excluded Minors Asian Studies
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points

Core Unit - 3 credit points

AST102 Asian Centuries - 3 points

General Electives - 15 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points

Core Unit - 3 credit points

AST281 Contemporary Asia - 3 points

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points

Core Unit - 3 or 6 credit points

AST312 Anthropology, Society and Culture - 3 points

OR

AST384 Asian Studies Project - 3 points

OR

AST3841 Asian Studies Project - 6 points

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 6 or 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Specified Elective Unit List

Select Specified Electives from the following units during Years 2 and 3, subject to individual unit prerequisites. At least two units must be at 300 level.

AST350 Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia - 3 points

AST288 Women in Asian Societies - 3 points

JPN207 Love and Sexuality in Japan - 3 points

AST352 Culture and Religion in Asia - 3 points

AST286 People's History of South-East Asia - 3 points

HIS310 Modern Japan - 3 points

IND371 Media, Culture and Politics in Indonesia - 3 points

HIS305 The Vietnam Wars - 3 points

HIS334 Peasants, Rebels and Leviathan: Modern Southeast Asian History - 3 points

Up to two Asian language units at 200 or 300 level may be credited to the Asian Studies major as Specified Electives with approval of the Academic Chair.

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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