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Nations, Narratives, Cultures in Contemporary Asia (AST530)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Description This unit explores questions of national and cultural identity in Asia by tracing some of the major forms and themes of narrative texts from the region. We will look at the role of narratives in linking the political and the personal through the exploration of the relationship between narrative, national discourse and the idea of nation as well as individual lives in contemporary Asia.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1.provide an understanding of the role of narratives in linking the political and the personal through the exploration of the three-way relationship between narratives, national discourses and individual lives;
2.introduce you to the study of a wide range of narrative samples and theoretical texts relative to Asian regions through a thematic and (very broadly) chronological overview;
3.develop your knowledge of contemporary narrative 'texts' of Asian regions and their position within historical, social and political (and sometimes economic) contexts;
4.encourage you to construct and explore a topic in an area of your choice through relevant theoretical and narrative works in order to promote and develop your analytical and comparative skills and your capacity as an independent learner and researcher;
5.promote ethical professional skills, especially in terms of use of sources, as well as awareness of and respect for the values held by different cultures.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit utilises narrative and biography/life writing to explore knowledge, culture, identity and nation in contemporary Asia. A range of narrative texts 'produced' in the Asian region will be read in conjunction with texts of a theoretical/critical nature and texts providing historical, social and political context.
This is a reading unit organised into five Parts (plus a final positioning), each with two interrelated themes within a broadly chronological framework around set narrative texts from regional Asia. Nonetheless, because we are dealing with human beings and (re)interpretations of their lived experiences, cross-disciplinary debates are encouraged.
Assessment Participation: 25%
Concept Review: 10%
Abstract: 15%
Essay: 30%
Exam: 20%
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level (AQF level 8 or AQF level 9) Asian Studies course or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Previously 2013: AST630
2013: 'Contemporary Asia: Nations, Narratives, Cultures'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (GradCertAsianSt)
Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GradDipAsianSt)
Master of Asian Studies (MAsianSt)
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.


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Dr Anja Reid

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6039
e: A.Reid@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.062 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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