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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrea Di Castro


This unit addresses the challenges of research work in the Asian region and seeks to equip students with some of the skills needed for it. In a series of modules, students will be introduced to a range of potential source materials for the study of Asia, such as documents, census reports, fictional texts, and films, and to a range of research methodologies applicable to the study of Asia including fieldwork in villages, archival work, data collection and interviews. Students will be encouraged to think about issues of ethical obligations in relation to fieldwork, such as those raised by non-Asian scholars making judgments about Asia, cultural bias, and the "ownership" of knowledge.


Students successfully completing AST5220 will:

  1. Be able to converse intelligently about issues of cultural bias and the ownership of knowledge.

  1. Have a firm grasp of a range of sources and methodologies applicable to research in Asia and a firm understanding of the scholarly principles that underpin them.

  1. Have a firm understanding of the link between scholarship, public debate and nationalistic political agendas in Asia.

  1. Be able to put together a sophisticated Asia-related research or consultancy proposal.

  1. Be able to discuss in detail and to justify the significance of research on a particular aspect of Asia or Australia's relationship to Asia.

  1. Have a clear idea as to how to research and write a policy document.

  1. Have considerable sophistication in terms of the ways they represent Asia.


Written work: 50% (6000 words)
2 hour exam: 30%
Class participation: 20%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


Enrolment in a postgraduate program


At least one other unit in a postgraduate program