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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Beatrice Trefalt


Previously coded ASN2010


This unit is structured around several modules and incorporates contributions from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, economics, gender studies, history, linguistics and politics as relevant to the understanding of social change. After considering the problems inherent in 'Asia' as a concept, it will examine some of the following topics in a comparative manner. The exact selection of topics to be covered in any given offering of the subject may vary from year to year.


Students successfully completing this subject will have acquired:

  1. A basic exposure to a range of approaches to understanding Asian societies and cultures.
  2. A grounding in key facts about the state of private and public spheres of socio-cultural life in countries where change is occurring at a very rapid place.
  3. A familiarity with some methodologies used for furthering our knowledge about Asian societies.


Written work: 60% (2500 words)
Exam: 20%
Presentation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beatrice Trefalt

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Japanese studies
International studies
Indonesian studies
Chinese studies
Asian studies