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Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GradDipAsianSt)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GradDipAsianSt)
Course Code G1064
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GradDipAsianSt)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent subject to unit availability
Availability Not currently available to new admissions
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description For political, economic, environmental and cultural reasons, the countries of East and South-East Asia will play an increasingly important role in contemporary global change. The Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies offers the opportunity to study the literature, media, religion, history, politics, economics, sociology and anthropology of the Asian region.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training, 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.
Employment Prospects This course is intended to serve the career development needs of teachers and members of other professional groups in the areas of foreign affairs, law, public service, business, and journalism who require a broad interdisciplinary background in the Asian cultural, political and economic context.
Further Study 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.
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 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

Students may take an Asian language unit as one of the core units, however the Academic Chair must be consulted to establish level of study.

With the approval of the Academic Chair, students with the relevant proficiency in either Indonesian or Japanese language may enrol in the semester in that country. Subject to Academic Chair approval, students may complete 12 or 24 points in country.

Select from the units below, with at least 9 points from the Asian Society and Culture list.

Asian Society and Culture - 9 credit points

AST558 Gender in Asian Societies - 3 points

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

AST531 Rise of Asia and Modern History - 3 points

JPN514 Postwar Japan - 3 points

AST556 Perceptions of South-East Asian Society - 3 points

AST650 Culture, Communities and Sustainability in Asia - 3 points


JPN543 Semester in Japan - 12 points
(Academic Chair must approve enrolment.)

IND543 Semester in Indonesia 5 - 12 points

Students may also select an undergraduate-level unit in language and should consult with the Academic Chair to determine the appropriate level.

Theoretical Comparative and Applied Context.

Select from the following:

AST612 Anthropology and Its Others - 3 points

COD545 Community Development Theory and Practice - 3 points

SUS512 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 3 points

SUS523 Cities and Sustainability - 3 points

Students from non-English language backgrounds may substitute the unit

TLC501 Communication Skills for Postgraduate Study - 3 points

for one of the Specified Electives in the Theoretical, Comparative and Applied Context Stream.

No course plans are available for this course in 2020.

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