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HSY1050 - Asian Civilisations: the Cycle of Empires

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Bruce Jacobs


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


A broad overview of Asian history from antiquity to the dawn of European maritime exploration in the sixteenth century. Topics studied include the Indus Valley civilisation; Hinduism and the caste system; traditional political thought; the rise of great empires in India, China and Southeast Asia; Mahayana Buddhism; the Japanese samurai; and Genghis Khan and the Mongols.


Written (2500 words): 55%
Examinations (2 hours): 45%

Contact hours

2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week