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Asian Centuries (AST102)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit is an introduction to the complex and multiple cultures of the Asian region, focusing on 'traditional' patterns and on the way these are constantly reinvented in new historical and political contexts. It examines cultural histories of Asia into the 21st century, exploring major turning points and highlighting such aspects as ethnicity, religion, language, art, gender, economics, and politics.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an introductory level of knowledge about the geography, history and cultures of the Asian region with particular focus on Indonesia, China and Japan at an introductory level.
2. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the literature pertaining to the history and cultures of East and Southeast Asia.
3. Understand the main principles of the religions and philosophies of the Asian region, and analyse some of the ways state organisation, religions and ideologies are connected.
4. Demonstrate understanding of the great diversity that exists among Asian countries, and of their complex historical and cultural points of encounter with the West.
5. Demonstrate some of the ways cultures interact, both geographically and across time, and are thus constantly reinvented.
6. Produce well researched, analytical, well written and well referenced work related to the unit's content.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours; tutorials: 1 hour.
Assessment Assignment 2,500-word essay 45%
In class Tutorial participation (for internal students): 15%
Online Tutorial participation (for external students): 15%
Examination Short essays 40%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed AST102 Introduction to Asian Cultures cannot enrol for credit in this unit.
Previously 2013: 'Introduction to Asian Cultures'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Indonesian (BA) [New in 2014]
Japanese (BA) [New in 2014]
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
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mrs Catriona Stevens
Associate Lecturer in Global Studies

e: C.Stevens@murdoch.edu.au
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