Handbook Public View

This page displays current curriculum information. For staff view, please login

Course (2020)

Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.

Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (GradCertAsianSt)


  • Course Outline
  • Course Structure
  • Fees
  • Course Plans
Title Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (GradCertAsianSt)
Course Code C1120
Study Level Graduate Certificate
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (GradCertAsianSt)
Duration 1 semester full-time or part-time equivalent (depending on unit selection)
Availability Not currently available to new admissions
This course is not normally available to international students studying in Australia on a student visa, due to visa regulations. However, exceptions can be made, conditional on undertaking certain units: contact The Student Centre for details. It is available to international students on other visas if visa conditions allow.
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course provides the opportunity to study Asian culture, society, politics, media and environment. It is available to graduates of any discipline and aims to develop cultural literacy concerning the Asian region, of particular importance for teachers, journalists, aid workers, diplomats and other professionals whose careers require cross-cultural competence.

Graduates of the certificate may apply for admission to the Research Masters with Training (Asian Studies), or one of the Coursework Masters in Community Development, Sustainable Development or Development Studies. Students may be eligible for advanced standing.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher in any discipline, or satisfactory preparation through previous study or professional experience.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be limited choice of units if completing this course in the external mode. Access to adequate library resources and to the Internet is essential for external students.
Employment Prospects Teaching, overseas aid and development, journalism, diplomacy.
Main research areas Asia Research Centre
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 - 12 credit points

Core Units - 12 credit points

Select from the following:

JPN543 Semester in Japan - 12 points


IND543 Semester in Indonesia 5 - 12 points


Select at least three units from the following:

AST558 Gender in Asian Societies - 3 points

JPN514 Postwar Japan - 3 points

AST530 Nations, Narratives, Cultures in Contemporary Asia - 3 points

AST556 Perceptions of South-East Asian Society - 3 points

AST531 Rise of Asia and Modern History - 3 points

One of the following units may be credited to the Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies:

SUS512 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 3 points

AST650 Culture, Communities and Sustainability in Asia - 3 points

No course plans are available for this course in 2020.

To check other years, go to the Course Plans site.

Fee Calculator
Handbook help
Information for Students


The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course, major, minor or unit if the number of students enrolled falls below limits set by the University.

Regulations and Rules

Students should ensure they are familiar with the University's internal legislation, including provisions specifically relevant to their studies. See the University Regulation overview and view legislation online.