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Contemporary Asia: Media, Politics and Popular Culture (AST281)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines the dramatic changes taking place across Asia in the contemporary period, with particular emphasis on the events and controversies that have shaped politics and culture in Indonesia, Japan and China. Studies cover contemporary issues, including Asia's vibrant popular culture, as expressed in contemporary literature, print, electronic, and social media. We discuss key issues such as youth culture, income inequality, grass roots activism and the emergence of social movements, as well as Asia's complex relationship with Australia.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the major social, cultural and political movements emerging in contemporary Asia;
2. Produce informed and well-argued analyses of the role of media in the development of these social, cultural and political movements;
3. Contribute to debates informing Australia's relationship with the Asian region;
4. Demonstrate awareness of the different disciplines relevant to the study of Asia, especially cultural history, anthropology, politics and literature, and of the way human knowledge is built and inter-connected.
5. Establish a strong base for ethical professional skills, especially in terms of use of sources, as well as awareness of and respect for the values held by different cultures.
6. Express your analyses in clear and concise terms, both orally and in writing according to formal academic conventions.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is student-centred, with the lectures designed to draw out salient themes for extended discussion in the tutorials. The lectures will incorporate a variety of visual and textual prompts for analysis, and encourage student-directed research through both library and online investigation, into media representation of key issues, supported through the provision of a detailed LMS site. The average workload for this unit is approximately 10 hours per week (150 hours for the semester).
Assessment Written Examination (2 hour) 25%;
Research Essay (2,000 words) 35%;
Tutorial participation / contribution (internal) or Online forum participation / contribution (externals) 15%;
News Analysis Task (internal and external) 25%.
The essay tests ability to research, analyse and argue in a formal scholarly format.
The written examination tests factual retention and ability to evaluate issues across topics and disciplines.
Tutorial feedback will be interactive responses to discussion in class or through online forum discussions.
News Analysis Task requires students to source a news item weekly trending on social media or in the print/electronic media from Australia/Asian region, and prepare written notes for submission linking the media item to the week's topic. Media items will be used for discussion online (external) or in small groups (internal).
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Indonesian (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Asian Societies and Cultures
Appears in these 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.


Unit Coordinator
Mrs Catriona Stevens
Associate Lecturer in Global Studies

e: C.Stevens@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Mrs Catriona Stevens
Associate Lecturer in Global Studies

e: C.Stevens@murdoch.edu.au
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