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Asian Societies and Cultures


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    Title Asian Societies and Cultures
    Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
    School School of Arts
    Academic Contacts http://www.murdoch.edu.au/contacts/academic/school/School_of_Arts
    Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
    Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
    Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
    Description The Asian region plays an increasingly important role in the contemporary global system. The Asian Societies and Cultures Co-major offers the opportunity to study in depth the sociology, anthropology, media, histories, and politics of the Asian region. It is intended to provide the background for careers in teaching, law, business, journalism, diplomacy and development, and complements a range of majors for which understanding the Asian region is of critical importance in the 21st century.
    Course Learning Outcomes LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of the societies and cultures of the Asian region, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Japan, China and India.
    LO2 Identify and apply a wide variety of sources and approaches for studying the Asian region
    LO3 Analyse the wide diversity of traditions and contemporary transformations taking place in the Asian region according to a range of methodological conventions
    LO4 Demonstrate in-depth understanding of contemporary issues and debates using evidence-based research
    LO5 Demonstrate capacity for cross-cultural communication and engagement between the Australian and Asian contexts.
    LO6 Directly engage with Asian cultures through study abroad and practicum programs in the Asian region
    Employment Prospects The Asian Societies and Cultures Co-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.
    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.

    Co-Major structure - 18 credit points

    Year 1 - 3 credit points

    Core Units - 3 credit points

    AST102 Asian Centuries - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

    Year 2 - 6 credit points

    Core Units - 6 credit points

    AST281 Contemporary Asia: Media, Politics and Popular Culture - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

    AST250 Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

    Year 3 - 9 credit points

    Core Units - 3 credit points

    AST312 Anthropology, Society and Culture - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

    Specified Electives - 6 credit points

    Select from the following:
    AST288 Women and Men in Asian Societies - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

    AST384 Asian Studies Project - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external

    AST3841 Asian Studies Project - 6 points
    MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external


    HIS244 Modern Southeast Asian History - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

    HIS211 Modern Japan - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

    POL338 Politics and Security in South-East Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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